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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF OTUKPO

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TITLE PAGE ……………… …………… ……………… …………… i
APPROVAL…………………………………………………………….. ii
CERTIFICATION……………………………………………………… iii
DEDICATION………………………………………………………….. iv
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS……………………………………………. v
LIST OF MAPS AND PICTURES ……… …… …………………….. viii
ABBREVIATIONS…………………………………………………….. ix
TABLE OF CONTENTS………………………………………………. xi
ABSTRACT………………………………………………………….…. xv
CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background to the study……………………………………. 3
1.2 Statement of the problem…………………………………… 4
1.3 Purpose of the study………………………………………… 8
1.4 Significance of the study……………………………………. 9
1.5 Scope of the study…………………………………………… 9
1.6 Research methodology………………………………………. 10
1.7 Definition of terms………………………………………….. 10
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CHAPTER TWO:
LITERATURE REVIEW
2.0 Introduction……………………………………………………… 17
2.1 The underpinning structures of Idoma traditional Otukpo society 17
2.1.1 The family……………………………………………………… 19
2.1.2 The socio political structure……………………………………. 19
2.1.3 The economic structure………………………………………… 24
2.1.4 Religious structure……………………………………………… 24
2.1.5 Educational structure……………………………………………. 26
2.2 The ideal model of human development in Otukpo traditional
society: the case of Inyilowo………………….………………….. 27
2.3 Brief history of Otukpo catholic diocese………………………… 28
2.4 Remote influence of church and human development in Otukpo.. 32
2.5 Human development in Africa through the prisms of foreign
and African scholars……………………………………………. 39
2.6 Church and human development in Roman Catholic
Church documents………………………………………………… 54
2.7 Human Development in the specific writings (works) of scholars
on Otukpo diocese………………………………………………… 70
2.8 Development in the general works of the Catholic
Church in Nigeria…………………………………………………. 78
2.9 Church and human development in specific works of Otukpo
Catholic documents……………………………………………..… 84
2.10 Summary of literature review…………………………………..… 90
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CHAPTER THREE:
THE COMPLEX NATURE OF MODERN OTUKPO SOCIETY WITH ITS
OPTIONS ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
3.1 Islamic community with its options……………………….. 94
3.2 Protestant community with their options………………….. 97
3.3 The Catholic community with its option………………….. 100
3.4 The traditional community with its option………………… 106
3.5 Critique and appraisals of these options…………………… 115
CHAPTER FOUR:
KEY FACTORS AND STRUCTURES IN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE
NEW CATHOLIC PROGRAMME ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN
OTUKPO DIOCESE
4.1 Mission theology of Church today………………………… 118
4.2 Structural functions of the Church ………………………… 126
4.3 Saints Peter and Paul Idoma Catholics in diaspora ……….. 135
4.4 Volunteer workers…………………………………………. 138
4.5 The Catholic Charismatic renewal of Nigeria [C C R N]…. 139
4.6 Collaborative efforts of Otukpo Christians and non-Christians.. 140
4.7 Conclusion………………………………………………… 142
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CHAPTER FIVE
INYILOWO: THE CHRISTO-CENTRIC NATURE OF THE NEW
CATHOLIC VISION ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN OTUKPO
5.0 Introduction…………………………………………………….. 144
5.1 Idoma traditional concept of Inyilowo………………………………….. 144
5.2 Biblical foundation of the Christo-centric vision………………. 146
5.2.1 Christ as the new Adam………………………………………… 152
5.2.2 Christ as the re-capitulator of all realities………………………. 154
5.2.3 Christ as the initiator of the new kingdom on earth…………….. 156
5.2.4 Christ as the Alpha and Omega of man’s cherished aspirations.. 157
5.2.5 Christ as the ideal integrative model of human development in
Otukpo – the “Inyilowo…” of the people……………………… 162
5.3 Inyilowo: way of life following the star……………………….. 164
5.4 Inyilowo: for peace and development…………………………. 165
5.5 Inyilowo: model for youths……………………………………. 165
5.6 Conclusion…………………………………………………….. 167
CHAPTER SIX:
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
6.1 Summary and Conclusion……………………………… 169
6.2 Contribution of this thesis……………………………… 173
6.3 Recommendations……………………………………… 173
6.4 Suggested area for further research……………………. 176
Appendix……………………………………………….. 177
Bibliography……………………………………………

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