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Bishop bans Catholics from attending Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry

The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, the Most Reverend Callistus Onaga, has banned the clergy, the religious and the laity from attending all activities at the Reverend Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry.

This was contained in a statement signed personally by the Bishop, Most Reverend Callistus Onaga.

The ban followef recent utterances by Reverend Fr. Mbaka against the Presidential ambition of the Labour Party candidate, Mr Peter Obi.

The Rev. Fr. Mbaka had, on his adoration ground on Wednesday described Mr Obi as a stingy man, insisting that a stingy man could not rule Nigeria.

However, in a swift reaction, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu in a statement jointly signed by the Auxiliary Bishop, the Chancellor and the Vicar General of the diocese, condemned Fr. Mbaka’s outburst and distanced itself from his comments.

Bishop of the diocese, the Most Rev. Onaga banned all Catholics, including priests, the religious and lay faithful from activities at the adoration Ministry, saying that comments of Fr. Mbaka were against the Catholic teachings.

The statement also indicated that the priest had consistently violated all admonitions and directives by the Bishop as it relates to public utterances.

“In the light of the happenings in the Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu: capable of undermining the Catholic faith and teachings; and after several fraternal corrections and admonitions to Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, the Chaplain of the Ministry” Most Rev. Onaga stated.

Most Rev. Onaga stated “My decision is based on the fact that some of the teachings and utterances of Fr Camillus Ejike Mbaka at the Catholic Adoration Ministry are not consistent with the teachings and faith of the Catholic Church,”

The sanction against Rev. Fr. Mbaka is coming even after the priest had in a statement apologised to his followers and youths on his comments against Mr Peter Obi, which many had reacted against on the social and the mass media.

In the statement, Fr. Mbaka claimed that his utterances were not to malign the character of Mr Obi, who he described as a friend and urged those who wanted to support his presidential candidacy to do so as he would pray for his success and other presidential candidates.

Reporting by Chukwubuike Madu; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare