It is no longer at ease at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Sun City Estate, Galadimawa, Abuja, as offering from church members is already tearing the church of Lord apart.
While it is the responsibility of the Finance Committee of the Church to count the money, the Parish Priest, Fr. Marcel Livinus, has allegedly taken taken over the responsibility the to the reasons best known to him.
A member of the church who pleaded anonymity due said the Parish Priest stopped the church wardens from counting the money undèr the pretext of allowing the Finance Committee committee to take over it duty.
The source said: “The church wardens are like ushers in other churches; they are the ones that collect and count the money. Then they give the record and the money to the finance committee and copy him on the total money collected.
The source said maybe the Parish Priest felt they were stealing the money, but added that since he started counting the money himself, the figures have not really changed, rather the figures are even lower.
She stated: “We were surprised, all of a sudden, he asked us to stop counting the money and no information to the finance council about this and not even the Parish Pastoral Council. He made us feel we are thieves – stealing church money. For crying out loud how much is the money? We are just rendering humanitarian service to the church and God.
“The people counting the money have just been like this. This one just came and changed everything and no one is talking about it as if it is normal. If he is the only one counting, how then can we know what comes in?. Is it not what he gives that we know.”
Asked if the issue was reported to the appropriate authority, she said they only did as the priest instructed, adding that they did not report him to the Committee or council because they did not want to be seen as having personal interest.
It was further gathered that the Parish Priest is alleged to be in a serious relationship with a married woman who attends the church.
According to a source who pleaded anonymity said the Priest in order to cover his tracks sacked more than five security men in less than one year.
The source said, “Many members of the Church that would have helped build and grow the church have all abandoned the church and moved to other churches.
“The church has become stagnant because of this. The poor handling of the Church by Livinus has resulted in the management of the estate not allocating land for the permanent structure.”
Responding to the allegations, the Head of the Parish Communication Committee, Mr. Ifeanyi Valentine, said those behind the allegations were just trying to seek attention and to be an hindrance to the peace the church currently enjoys.
He stated categorically that the allegations that the Parish Priest took over the responsibility of counting church offering was not true, saying it is not his responsibility.
Valentine said: “The Priest have lot of responsibility to run the church, rather than counting money. There is a Finance Committee, they are the one counting the offering. I think that is same thing in all churches.
“It is neither Father’s job to count offering, there is a Finance Council whose responsibility is basically Finance of the church. So, Father has never count offering and will never because it’s not his duty
“I think the person is just trying to seek attention and to be an hindrance to the peace we enjoy in the church.”
Valentine noted that while there was no suspicion of theft or allegations against the church wardens who were counting the money before, the Father only asked the appropriate committee to take over the duty.
He added that there was no truth in the allegation that he sacked the security personnel working in the church.
According to him, The security in the church currently are same set of security even before the Priest they are accusing came to the Church. It’s quite strange where all this false information are coming from.
Valentine explained that the Parish Priest was putting in so much efforts to ensure that the church get the land, saying allegations against the Priest were neither through nor genuine.
Asked if there was a clash of interest in the church, he added, “No. A big No. The church is peaceful, very peaceful, absolutely Peaceful without any clash of interest.
“Be mindful that the church is not a political ground, catholic church is not a one man church where they fight for interest.
“My candid advice to your source is that you tell him or her to stop fighting against the church of God, He or she shouldn’t disturb the peace we enjoy, we are one family of God’s People. Our Parish shouldn’t be used for his or her personal motive.”
Maku Emerges DG Of Nasarawa PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Campaign Council, Others
By David Christopher, Lafia
As preparation for the 2023 General Elections is in top gear, Nasarawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met at the level of the State Caucus Meeting and officially unveiled her State Campaigning Management Committee with the former Commissioner, Deputy Governor and Information/Defence Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku appointed Director General (DG) of the Campaign Council.
This was contained in a press release signed by the head of the party’s media/Publicity team in the state Comrade Adeka Stephen and made available to our correspondent in Lafia on Friday.
while other party gladiators; Senator (Dr) Walid Jibrin (OON), Distinguished Senator Solomon Aku Ewuga, Distinguished Senator Suleiman Asonya Adokwe, His Excellency Dr John Mike Abdul, Alhaji Usman Danlami Bagudu, Major General Nuhu Bala Angbazo (Rtd), Dr. Mike Omeri Agbo, Prof. Abdullahi Jibrin were enlisted as Deputy Directors of various committees.
The statement read In part,”it’s not gonna be business as usual for the failed APC led government, but one man one vote… PDP is more organized/prepared to take over power in the state and the country come 2023″ The party’s chairman in the state Hon. Francis Orogu stressed.
On his part the Gubernatorial Candidate in the state, Rt. Hon/Dr. David Emmanuel Ombugadu (PhD) who spoke through his Deputy, Hon. Usman Yahaya Ohinoyi said,”The suffering and dying Nasarawa electorates will surely decide between the bad APC candidate and the best PDP candidate in 2023.
“If elected into power, I shall move straight to the project ground breaking site from the swearing-in ceremony ground to deliver peoples oriented governance to the People of Nasarawa State”.
Expressing his readiness to lead the state campaign to a successful victory, the former Deputy Governor, Nasarawa State and Information/Defence Minister, Hon. Labaran Maku said, “We will adequately mobilize people to vote/protect the PDP votes to install OMBUGADU (PDP Governor) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP President) in the state and the country at large…our resolution to remain united as one indivisible entity before, during and after the elections is sacrosanct to give Nasarawa State of our dreams a new home and destiny “.
Our correspondent observed that the news of the season orator, political guru and an ardent grassroot mobilizer and a two terms All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate in Nasarawa State, Hon. Labaran Maku to sphare head the said campaign and other Politicians of note has prompted PDP supporters to embarked on jubilation across the entire state.
In an exclusive interview with Comrade Adeka Stephen the party’s image maker in the state he said,” With this formidable campaign structure you will agree with me that it is already a defeating threat to the unproductive APC government in the state. Recalled that APC group passed a vote of no confidence on Engr. A.A Sule over porous conduct of party primaries. Surely, the end and judgement day of the APC led government in Nasarawa State is here in 2023.
“PDP landslide victory in 2023 General Elections in Nasarawa State is Clary and crystal clear because, APC votes will be shared to Social Democratic Party (SDP), New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Action Democratic Congress (ADC) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as most of the key APC players left the party for another after primaries, but the umbrella party PDP house is intact and united combat ready to halt APC Leadership in the state and nation.
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