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FULL REPORT OF THE NIGERIAN PRIEST WHO QUITS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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A Catholic priest in Nigeria stunned radio listeners when he announced on a live programme that he was quitting the Catholic Church.

Patrick Edet, who served under the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has been a popular voice on radio in the state through his weekly live programme called Grace and Inspiration.

On Wednesday, on Planet 101.1FM, Uyo, instead of airing his usual inspirational message which has over the years endeared him to thousands within and outside the state, Mr. Edet dropped the shocking news.

“On 31 of July, I resigned from my services, my duties and obligations as a Catholic priest,” he said.

“I ceased to be a Catholic priest in my thinking, in my spirit, in my soul, (and) in my body.

“Yesterday, the 1st of August, was my first day outside the laws, the regulations, (and) the authority of the Catholic church.

“In my mind, every law that bound me because I submitted myself to the Catholic Church as an institution.

“Having submitted my resignation letter to my authorities in the Catholic Church, in my spirit, soul and body, I am free from every law that guided me. I submit myself to one authority – God,” he said.

Mr. Edet was a Catholic priest for more than 11 years.

Akwa Ibom, a predominantly Christian state, has a high Catholic population.

It is very rare in Nigeria to have a priest quit the Catholic Church.

He said he prayed and fasted for seven months before he took the decision to leave the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church in the state could not be reached immediately for their comment on the matter. Some Catholic lay faithfuls are shocked by his resignation having seriously ( Fr. Patrick) professed the Catholic spirituality in the different church programmes he organised.

Apart from being a radio preacher, Mr. Edet runs a crowd-pulling fellowship in Uyo, outside the control of the Catholic Church, using his Grace Family Global Outreach.

Those who have attended the fellowship meetings before said things are done the Pentecostal style – like prophesying and “speaking in tongue” – which often brought the priest into conflict with the Catholic doctrine and leadership.

Mr. Edet, throughout the about 40 minutes broadcast on Wednesday, explained his experience with God, his personal philosophy of life, and his conflict with the Catholic Church.

He said he had gone through a lot of opposition, antagonism and blackmail for the years he has been running the fellowship.

“All I hear every time is that I am not truly a Catholic priest.

“It has been in conflict in my heart because why I actually accepted not to marry and have children was not just to be a Catholic priest, but to do the things that I do – be nutty on radio and shout and laugh and inspire somebody. And cry when I need to cry and console somebody who cries and to live my life out in my faith openly and in the process make mistake.

“Peace has been taken away from me for years. I live in fear and in doubt. Sometimes I doubt myself – am I really right, am I in the right place,” he said.

Mr. Edet praised the Catholic Church as being “so organised” and “the best institution that has ever been built” by man, but however said that the space given to him in the Catholic Church as a minister was so small.

“A box is already made for you and you cannot go outside that box,” he explained.

“You cannot know God beyond that box. You cannot express God beyond that box. And any attempt for you to go beyond that box brings you label.

“The God that I have discovered in life is a God that cannot be fully known. That God is a God that cannot be fully predicted and cannot be fully captured in human expression otherwise he will cease to be a mystery. That is a God I have come to accept as my God.

“I have come to realise that serving that God you need freedom. When that freedom is limited you cannot fully serve that God.

“Each time I tried to cross the line, the thing I meet crushes me on the inside and makes me feel guilty. But I cannot stop doing it. There’s a pull inside of me telling me there is more, and life was meant to be more and that more is found in freedom in God.                                                           Some Catholics are of the opinion that while Fr. Patrick might have his genuine reasons to quit the Catholic Church, the believe is that most priest that leave the Church is because of their inability to submit to Ecclesiastical Authority, having found a cult of follower-ship. “The quest to own properties and have a limit of control is a factor responsible for some leaving the Church, as that restriction tend to make some priest feel that they are in a box.                                       The Catholic Church after 530 AD resolved to instill discipline in the rank and file of he ecclesiastical community after the Church became profitable and greedy leading to simony. These were the reasons for the Church to take full responsibility for the welfare of priests to restrict them from unnecessary materialism and flamboyant lifestyles. Reverend Fathers were meant to swear oath of allegiance and take perpetual vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience before becoming priests. This is why the Catholic priests don’t marry, own property and are not allowed to breakaway because of the of oath of allegiance. This has kept the Catholic Church together for thousands of years from breakaways according to the CATHOLIC MIND. The catholic respondents have also asked why some priest would  claim of being boxed by betrayals, schisms and politics in the Catholic Church after freely taking their priestly vows. Can an army officer say such of the military institution.” Continue reading

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FORMER COUNCILLORS ENDORSE GOVERNOR WIKE FOR A SECOND TERM

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Over 500 Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) councillors on Wednesday endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term.

The councillors who trooped to Government House Port Harcourt on a solidarity visit declared that Governor Wike has performed creditably well and deserves to be re-elected.

Chairman of the PDP Ex-Councillors Forum, Rivers State Chapter, Mr LoveGod Nweze declared that members of the forum are satisfied with Governor Wike’s roll out of projects and programmes for the people of the state.

He said: “We commend the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for the execution of people oriented projects across the state.

“We applaud Governor Wike for redeeming Rivers State from the clutches of evil forces who held the state down. He has invested in the development of all the local government areas of Rivers State “.

They thanked God for giving Governor Wike the enablement to work for the people of the state. They urged him to accommodate former councillors in the execution of development projects.

Responding, Governor Wike said that the Former Councillors form a solid power bloc that will be used to reach out to the grassroots. Continue reading

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WE DON’T NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH PRESIDENT BUHARI – JERRY IGBOKWE

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Nigeria President Buhari

One hundred days after President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for London on a medical vacation and amid controversy over his health status, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, Mr Joe Igbokwe, has said Nigerians do not need to know what is wrong with the President.

Mr Igbokwe’s said this on Wednesday when he appeared on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily.

Since Monday last week, protesters under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians led by Charly Boy and Deji Adeyanju had held protests in the nation’s capital Abuja demanding that the President should inform Nigerians of his health status and resume or resign.

The protest has led to debates about how long the President can be away for and also led to rival protests.

Asked what he felt about the calls by the Concerned Nigerian group, Mr Igbokwe labelled the actions of the group unconstitutional, adding that Nigerians do not need to know the President’s health status as it is a private matter.

“It is against the law for them to protest that the president must resume or resign when the needful has been done. The president has not done anything wrong, he has transmitted power to the acting president,” he said. Continue reading

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Christian leader kidnapped in Eleme, Rivers State

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According  our source ,a notable Christian leader, Apostle Lawrence Eleru has been reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen around Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Naijavoxpop correspondent gathered that Apostle Eleru who is the General Overseer of Kingdom People’s Church located around Ebubu within Eleme area was abducted at gun point on his way from church weekly activities.

A close relative, who identified himself as Chikordi Amadi confirmed the incident to our correspondent. He said no contact has been established yet with the suspected kidnappers.

Our source at the community said that the family members are worried since they recovered the Honda Car belonging to the victim burnt down. They are calling on the security operatives to help rescue their brother from the hands of his abductors. Continue reading

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TWO HOST COMMUNITIES IN RIVERS TURN SHELL FACILITY INTO RESIDENCE IN PROTEST OVER NEGLECT

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Women and youths take over staff house of SPDC in Belema community

The people of Belema and Offoi-ama communities in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State have occupied a facility belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) five days after shutting down the facility over alleged neglect.

Naijavoxpop correspondent was at the scene of the protest and reports that women and youths have turned the facility into their place of residence with mat and cooking pots as they chant ‘Shell must go’.

Some of the aggrieved indigenes of Shell host communities who spoke to newsmen complained that they have suffered under development for the past 37 years of SPDC’s operation in the area.

The protesters said they are tired of divide and rule tactics employed by the oil multinational operating in their land and called on the state and federal government to intervene in order to prevent unforeseen problem that may arise if nothing is done urgently.

CHAIRMAN NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA RIVERS CHAPTER, SUKUBO SARAIGBE SUKUBO

Sukubo Sara-Igbe who doubles as the youth leader in the community and state chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) insisted that the protest will continue until their demands are meant.

Traditional ruler in one of the communities

Meanwhile, traditional rulers in the two protesting communities have thrown their weight behind the people’s protest. Continue reading

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The target of St.Philip Catholic Church Ozubulu’s massacre, Bishop doles out money to victims of the attack

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Bishop (Ozubulu), the target of the St. Philip Catholic Church massacre which led to the death of 12 persons and several scores of people injured from the attack is back. Bishop visited those who survived the sporadic shooting of the assailants in the hospital to commiserate with them over the attack. According to our source, members of the church were attending 6.00am mass on Sunday in the church when the gunmen struck.   Continue reading

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HAPPENING LIVE!!! Lagos on Fire As Billionaire Kidnapper Evans Wins its First Case Against the Nigerian Police in the Federal High Court

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Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, has won his first case against the Nigeria Police Force.

Presiding Judge, Justice Anka Abdulaziz, of the Lagos Federal High Court, on Wednesday, ordered that the fundamental rights suit filed by Evans against the Nigeria Police, will go to trial.

Recall, that Evans through his Lawyer, had filed a N300 million lawsuit against the Police, as exemplary damages for his ‘illegal’ detention and harm caused by his media trial. Continue reading

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Governor Wike delighted with the progress of work on the various projects initiated by his administration across the state

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Governor Wike addresses the press.

Governor Wike expresses satisfaction with progress at project sites. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has expressed satisfaction with the pace of work on three major roads that will decongest traffic in Port Harcourt.

He also assured that the reconstruction of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt will be completed by October, while the National Industrial Court will be handed over in December, 2017. Also to be completed is the remodelling and expansion of the State Produce House in Port Harcourt. Speaking on Tuesday after inspecting ongoing projects in Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor and Eleme Local Government Areas, Governor Wike said the Garrison-Trans-Amadi-Elelenwo, Elelenwo -Akpajo and the Woji-Akpajo roads will be funded diligently for their scheduled completion.
He said: “These three major roads will help us decongest traffic on the popular Aba Road and create easier access to the state’s industrial hub at Trans-Amadi . “These are key roads that will improve economic activities in Port Harcourt and therefore empower the people.
We are committed to funding the roads for their scheduled completion “. He explained that the tempo of work at the Court of Appeal will be improved to ensure that the court sits in comfort after its vacation.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the level of work at the National Industrial Court where the contractor has completed two out of the court’s four floors. He directed the immediate cessation of dredging near the bridge along Slaughter road. He decried dredging activities within the metropolis, saying that security personnel have been detailed to stop the illegal activities.
He was accompanied on the project inspection by the Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, Ambassador Desmond Akawor.
Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.

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Charlie Boy narrowly escapes lyinching as Northen Youths tried to set him on fire.

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Popular Nigerian musician, Charly Boy on the (left) leading Buhari must resume or resign protest in Wuse market, Abuja.

Charlie Boy who has been leading a campaign for the return or resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been attacked. Charlie Boy was attacked in Wuse Market by angry protesters who are believed to be supporters of the President.

The musician and his fellow campaigners were last week attacked by security officials who dispersed them violently from the Unity fountain, also in Abuja. “Charlie Boy came to this market with some cameramen doing his protest here.

I was standing in front of my shop when I saw him running for his dear life, being chased by those youth,” a trader at the market said. “They nearly lynched him, because those youth almost overpowered police security near him.”

The musician was rescued by security operatives who fired gunshots and tear-gas to disperse the crowd. The security operatives later returned to remove Charly Boy’s vehicles from the market, using tear-gas to disperse the protesters who tried to stop them.

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Governor Wike calls for increased investments in science and technology

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called for increased investments in science and technology for the nation to experience rapid development.

While speaking at Government House Port Harcourt on Tuesday when he granted audience to National Executive Council of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Governor Wike regretted that the Federal Government is yet to give the sciences, the priority attention they deserve.

He said that science teachers should be encouraged with necessary incentives to carry out their responsibilities of preparing Nigerian children for developmental roles.

The Governor said: “Nigeria cannot develop unless the nation invests in the teaching of science and mathematics at all levels. That is the way to go.

“We cannot talk of Development without science and mathematics. There must be the needed encouragement and incentives for teachers of mathematics. ”

The governor commended STAN for their contributions to the development of science education over the last six decades.

He informed that his administration has invested in the equipping of science laboratories in selected schools to ensure that students have practical knowledge.

He directed the sponsorship of 400 science teachers for the ongoing workshop in the state. He noted that such workshops will improve their capacity to impact knowledge. Continue reading

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