Mbaka dissociates himself from protests against Enugu bishop

The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka has said that he has no hand in the protests against the ban imposed by the Enugu Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev Callistus Onaga, on the church.

It will be recalled that Onaga banned Catholic faithful from attending the church headed by Mbaka due to the cleric’s outburst against Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

Mbaka had said that Obi will not win the 2023 presidential elections because he is stingy. However, the Enugu Diocese disassociated itself from Mbaka’s statement before banning the church.

On Sunday, followers of Mbaka stormed the Adoration Ground to protest against Onaga. They also made derogatory statements against the revered cleric.

On Monday, Mbaka disassociated himself from the protest and asked the protesters to stop their actions. He made this call in a statement signed by him.

The statement read in part, “My attention has been drawn to activities that took place in the Adoration ground on Sunday. I am not in any way involved in such activity. We received with obedience the directive issued by my Bishop, His Excellency, Most Rev CVV Onaga, on June 17, 2022.

“May I, therefore, appeal to the faithful, in particular,r members of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria, to remain calm and united with the body of Christ in the Diocese and also refrain from any measure of violence either in action or by abusive utterances.

“Those who take to attacking or insulting my dear Bishop, should desist from such.

“The Bishop is the Shepherd of the Church in the Diocese and we remain his flock who in every way and at all times is expected to be respectful, obedient and willing to respond favourably to his apostolic directives.

“May I also remind you that all Adoration activities have been suspended till further notice.

“Adoration Ministry is ever submissive to the mother Church. I enjoin all adorers to know this and remain constantly in prayers for the manifestation of the wiil of God in the life of the Ministry.”

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