Our Lady of Perpetual Help


Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Location Esquiline HillRomeItaly
Date Before 1499
Type Icon of Cretan SchoolTheotokos
Holy See approval Pope Pius IX
Shrine Saint Alphonsus di Liguouri Shrine
Patronage • Redemptorist Order
• Haiti
• Almoradi, Spain

The icon originated from the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery and has been in Rome since 1499. Today it is permanently enshrined in the Church of Saint Alphonsus, where the official Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help text is prayed weekly.Our Lady of Perpetual Help (also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour)[Note 1] is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary as represented in a celebrated 15th-century Byzantine icon also associated with the same Marian apparition.

On 23 June 1867, Pope Pius IX granted the image its Canonical Coronation along with its present title. The Redemptorist priests are the only religious order currently entrusted by the Holy See to protect and propagate a Marian religious work of art. In the Eastern Orthodox Church iconography, the image is known as the ”Virgin Theotokos of the Passion” due to the instruments of the Passion of Jesus Christ present on the image.

The feast day of the image is celebrated on June 27, with novena devotions held every Wednesday. Under Pope Pius XII‘s Pontificate, the image was designated as the national Patroness of the Republic of Haiti and Almoradi, Spain. In addition, Pope John Paul II issued a canonical coronation for a similar image in JaworznoPoland in 16 June 1999[1].

Due to the propagation of the Redemptorist Priests since 1865, the image has become very popular among Roman Catholics. Modern reproductions are oftentimes displayed in residential homes, commercial establishments, and public transportation.


National Identity Management Commission – Below are the requirements to check your card availability status

The Nigerian Federal Government agency, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has a mandate to ensure all citizens of Nigeria possess a National identity (ID) card. There is an enrollment process in place where citizens of Nigeria can walk into any of NIMC centres to register for their National ID card. This National ID card is meant to identify citizens and to avoid illegal immigrants in the country.

What is a National ID card?

A national identity card is a portable document (which is a typically plasticized card with digital embedded information) that each resident or citizen of a country is issued and required to carry as a means of identification.

The NIMC has created an easy process for everyone who participated in the enrollment to check if their permanent plastic ID card is available. The way created to check for availability of National ID card for collection is a web portal.

Below are the requirements to check your card availability status:

1. Laptop or Smartphone (Android, iOS, Windows, etc.)
2. Internet connection (with enough internet data)
3. Full name (First and Last)
4. Last 6 digits of your ID number (remember, the number consist 11 digits and can be found on your Temporary ID card {paper printout}, 14673******)
5. Knowledge of internet usage

Now that we know the requirements, all we need to look at now is how to check your card availability status online. As soon as you finish this process, you will be notified if your National ID card is ready for collection.

Below are steps to check online:

Step 1: Visit this link — https://touch.nimc.gov.ng

Step 2: Scroll down and click the button that says “Click to proceed” once.

Once you click that, you would be taken to a page where you will be required to fill your enrollment details into a form.

Step 3: The next thing to do is to fill in your details into the form. Correctly input your ‘First name’, ‘Last name’, and your ‘Last six National ID card number’.

Step 4: When you are done, click on the button at the end of the form, “CHECK NOW”, and your National ID card status will be displayed.

As you can see in the image, this card is not yet ready for collection, so that is how the notification message will be displayed.

Source: http://www.rapportnaija.com/2017/05/how-to-check-nimc-national-idcard.html

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I Have No Hidden Religious Agenda – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja called on religious leaders to work towards the broader goal of building a strong and unified nation, and avoid insinuations that could divide the populace, especially along religious lines.

Receiving a delegation of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria led by Bishop John Abu Richard, President Buhari said religious leaders have the responsibility of creating an enabling environment for peace and development to thrive.

“Some voices, for political or ethnic reasons are making unguarded statements accusing the government and myself in particular of religious bias.

President Buhari receives in audience Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in State House on 5th April 2018

“Let me assure you, honorable clergymen, that this is far from the truth.  In my career as a soldier, administrator, and politician, I have never veered from my oath of office.

“When I had the honor to lead a Military Government there were more Christians than Muslims in the Federal Executive Council and the Supreme Military Council.

“This was not by design but I appointed people on their merit without the slightest bias.  The present Federal Executive Council is also evenly balanced; again not by design but by respecting and rewarding individual qualities,’’ the President said.

President Buhari noted that he was delighted at the proposition to hold a one-day prayer and fasting meeting for the nation, April 26, 2018, assuring that he would direct the Inspector General of Police to provide adequate security for the gathering.

In his remarks, the leader of the delegation said more than 45,000 pastors in the Northern part of Nigeria had registered with the initiative to use their pulpits for the propagation of the gospel of peace, and shun political distractions.

He urged other pastors to support the administration as it works towards ending the violence in various parts of the country and avoid politically colored sermons.

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Suspected herdsmen kill 22 in fresh Kaduna attacks

Fresh attacks on Sunday and Monday by suspected Fulani herdsmen on four communities of Southern Kaduna had reportedly claimed 21 lives and left many houses burnt.

The state Police Command, however, could not confirm the casualty figure. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Usman, said the figure was however exaggerated.

The villages affected in the renewed attack included Ashim, Nissi and Zilan in Atakad District of Kaura Local Government Area and Bakin Kogi in the Goska District of Jama’a Local Government Area.

The attacks in Ashim, Nisi and Zilan reportedly took place at about 6am on Monday.

While that attack claimed 15 lives with no fewer than 50 houses razed, the attack in Bakin Kogi occurred on Sunday at about 5pm, leaving no fewer than seven persons dead and houses razed.

The President, Takad Community Development Association, Mr. Enock Andong, confirmed the attacks, saying the attackers were heavily armed.

He said, “They came around 6am today (Monday) and they killed 15 people in Ashim and Zilan alone. I am on my way to Nisi to find out the situation of things there.”

On the attack on Bakin Kogi, a former leader of the Kaninkon Development Association, Mr. Enock  Barau,  said  the attackers were clad in black and shot sporadically on arrival in the community.

Barau added that the attack lasted for about four hours while the community, with the support of soldiers, tried to repel the attackers.

He said, “On Sunday, around 5pm, we heard gunshots within our surrounding. When I heard the gunshots three times, I came out of my house.

“It (gunshots) continued rapidly; before I could realise what was happening, they had surrounded part of the community.  I saw many people   coming down from the hill side shooting and running. They were in black.

“As the shooting lasted from 5pm to 9pm, we managed to evacuate women out to a safe zone while the men stayed for defence.”

He said the attackers burnt houses as they shot.

“Over 100 houses were set ablaze. Seven people were killed and one person is still missing,” he added.

The Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement on Monday that the situation had been brought under control.

In its reaction to the attacks, the Defence Headquarters, also on Monday, vowed to arrest the attackers.

The Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, described the attacks as unfortunate and urged residents of the areas to give prompt information to the military to avert future attacks.

He said, “It is unfortunate and intolerable. The military in conjunction with security agencies are doing their best to curb this heinous crime. However, we will not relent until all criminals and violent herdsmen are suppressed. We urge all and sundry to give us timely information on the activities of these elements. All must join hands to explore any available measure to bring peace.

“Nobody is above the law and we assure our citizens of the military’s total commitment to the course of rescuing our people from the hands of criminal herdsmen and other gangs.”

Soyinka advocates creation of volunteer groups to tackle armed herdsmen

Wole Soyinka [Photo: dailytimes.com.ng]

Mr. Soyinka made the call during a press-briefing in Lagos, which he titled: “Nomads and Nation: Valentine Card or Valedictory Rites.”

Mr. Soyinka said since the security agencies are displaying “a kind of paralysis” in dealing with armed herdsmen who have been blamed for killings and destruction of farmlands across the nation, the people have to organise some kind of internal resistance.

Mr Soyinka, who pegged his statement with a fable from his primary school textbook, about ”an ungrateful camel which kicked its benevolent owner, Bedouin, out of his tent after allowing the animal to share his tent with it”, said cows are now infiltrating and competing for space with people.

He said the government has to first set a deadline for herdsmen to be disarmed.

“They (the volunteer groups) need to ensure that anytime they see armed herdsmen they should report to the nearest police station. But if at certain point the herdsmen are not disarmed, then these groups should move and disarm them, “he said.

He however explained that his call for the groups to disarm the herdsmen, ”is not a call for violence.”

“I mentioned this deliberately because I don’t want anybody to get an impression that war is being declared. I hope we will not get to that stage.

“These hunter associations will now intensify their surveillance anytime they see armed herdsmen. These associations: OPC, vigilante, hunters, if at certain time the police have not disarmed the herdsmen, these volunteer associations should move into these places.

Mr. Soyinka thanked state governors that have already set up such groups of volunteers, as he was advocating, to watch herdsmen in their states.

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, was the first governor to employ the services of local hunters to check the excesses of herdsmen. Similar groups have also been set up in Benue State.

Internal occupation and colonisation

Admitting that the conflict between armed nomadic herdsmen and communities did not start now, he blamed the government for failing to nip the issue in the bud before it went out of hand.

He also said the ‘body language’ of the present administration shows that it was not ready to give the issue the attention it required.

He said the problem has now snowballed to such an extent that it could be described, ”as an internal occupation and colonisation.”

“They have reached a stage of impunity that they ambushed a group of farmers who were meeting to discuss the protection of their farmland.

“The character of those who we are meeting have changed drastically. I am talking of a phenomenon of internal occupation before Boko Haram exploded,” he said.

Corruption-fuelled conflict

Mr. Soyinka also opined that the herdsmen conflict and killings may be sponsored by people with access to ill-gotten money bent on causing anarchy in the country.

“I think the police have a responsibility to look at highly-placed people in whose interest anarchy can be fostered.

“We might end up discovering that some of these people; I don’t care whether they are politicians or civil servants, have an interest in ensuing that there is chaos from Maiduguri to Lagos.

“We sometimes talk about corruption, but we don’t know how far it can destabilise the polity. When we think of the amount that has been stolen in this country…then you know that there is enough illegal funds to destabilise the nation completely,” he said.

Why herdsmen sacked workers from LG secretariat in Ondo

Over 30 herdsmen reportedly invaded the Akure South Local government Secretariat on Tuesday brandishing different dangerous weapons.

The invasion of the herders disrupted the official activities at the council secretariat including marriage ceremonies going on at the council’s registry.

 Staffers of the council were driven out of their offices one by one by the herders who allegedly threatened to kill anyone who looked into their eyes.

DAILY POST reports that trouble started when a worker in the council warned a herder to take his cows away from the council’s Agric department vegetable farm, located behind the secretariat.

The herder, a boy of about 8 years, reportedly ignored the warning and allowed the cows to feed on the vegetable planted.

The local government worker allegedly moved onto the boy and when attempting to make him direct the cows off the farm, the boy fell.

It was gathered that another older herder, suspected to be the father of the boy, who was coming behind and saw what transpired pulled out a sword and engaged the local government worker.

It was learnt that the worker, who also had a cutlass in his hand, engaged the herder . While both men were exchanging throw of cutlass and sword, the herder was injured.

The injured herder was said to have mobilized over 30 herdsmen who stormed the Local Government Secretariat and sacked workers from office.

The herdsmen also went to the secretariat registry and sent away couples who were holding marriage ceremonies.

Caretaker Chairman of Akure south local government, Mrs Margaret Atere, described the situation as unbelievable and called for prompt security action.

Workers in the council had fled their respective offices and vowed not to return until their security can be guaranteed

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju led men of his command to the secretariat to assess the situation while soldiers were also sighted at the scene.

The Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo was also as the secretariat to access the situation on ground.

Both the council worker and the herder who allegedly started the trouble are with the Police for further interrogation.