Rev Father Ejike Mbaka, the Spiritual Leader of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, is in hot water again after the Catholic Church forbade priests and faithful people from attending his ministry.
According to Naija News, Mbaka’s troubles began after the renowned clergyman made a disparaging remark about Labour Party presidential contender Peter Obi.
Mbaka, speaking to his congregation on Wednesday, June 15, labeled Obi as a “stingy” man who will never be Nigeria’s president.
“It is preferable to have a president who is a gifted old man than a young man with ‘gum’ hands,” the cleric stated, adding that Obi lacked the spirit of compassion.
Nigerians from all around the country have reacted angrily to his remark. Mbaka apologized to the former Governor of Anambra State in a statement released on Friday, but more punishment is on the way for his repeated comments that are regarded as contrary to Catholic beliefs.
In a statement received by Naija News on Saturday (today), the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Calistus Onaga, issued a ban on Rev. Fr. Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry.
Bishop Onaga forbade the Christian group from having anything to do with the Adoration Ministry in a letter he personally signed and addressed to “All the Clery, Religious, and Lay Faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.”
According to him, Mbaka has deviated from the Church’s long-standing directives, and as Chief Shepherd, “I hereby prohibit all Catholics (clergy, religious, and lay faithful) from attending all religious and liturgical activities of the Catholic Adoration Ministry from now on until the due canonical process initiated by the Diocese is completed.”
While stating that his decision was based on Mbaka’s teachings and utterances not being consistent with Catholic Church doctrines, he urged “all Christian faithful to continue praying for Fr. Mbaka.”