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Catholic church organises mass wedding to assist couples

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Rev. Fr Patrick Nnamani, Chaplain, St. Luke’s Chaplaincy, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has advised newly wed couples to always have communion with God.

Nnamani gave the advice in his homily during the solemnisation of matrimony of four couples on Saturday in Gwagwalada.

He further urged them to always pray together, eat together, cherish each other and never to give in to any temptation that might come through family members or friends.

“Where there is charity and love there the God of love abides,” Nnamani said.

He said that the solemnisation would enable them be in communion with the church.

Making a reference to the gospel reading from the book of John 2:1-11 about the wedding at Cana, Nnamani said that a marriage could be restless until it returns to the source which is God, spiritually.

According to him, marriage conducted before God and Jesus is invited, will never lack wine.

He further reminded the couples that there was need to constantly invite Jesus to their issues, adding that “the love among you begins now”.

On his part, Mr Ezekiel Alagboso, the President Catholic Men Organisation (CMO) said that the organisation decided to organise the wedding for the couples in furtherance of its ecclesiastical duty and injunction by God to assist one another.

Alagboso said that the aim of the mass wedding was to assist the couples to be in communion with the church.

“So these our brothers that are not in communion with the church are actually missing and we felt we could assist in that respect to bring them closer to God.

“Thank God that it is a success and we pray that God will continue to strengthen the couples in love, understanding, bless them with good health and success in the fruit of their labour,” he added.

One of the new partners, Mr Victor Nwosu while expressing gratitude to God for a dream come true thanked the leadership of CMO and the members for creating the opportunity for them to solemnise their marriages.

“I’m very happy for this wedding. In fact it is a miracle and I’m grateful to God and the organiser.

“We are actually four couples but I feel that mine is special because I was not ready for it yet but God has used CMO to make happen. With this, I will now have a good relationship with God,” Nwosu said.

 

The mass wedding was organised by Catholic Men Organisation of St. Luke’s Chaplaincy, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in furtherance of its duty and to encourage non – communicants to be in communion with the church.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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