Tension at the Adoration Ministries, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN) on Sunday evening with the announcement of the removal of Fr Ejike Mbaka as the Spiritual Director by Bishop Callistus Onaga.
The announcement also state that the bishop had appointed Fr Anthony Amadi who was to be assisted by other unmentioned priests, as the new head of AMEN.
“So, while I proceed to the monastery to continue with the remaining disciplinary exercises, as directed; I wouldn’t know how long; but the church has appointed Fr Anthony Amadi, one of us, to be overseeing all affairs of the ministry, to be assisted by other priests, pending my return, by the grace of God,” Mbaka said while personally making the announcement at the Sunday Mass.
Fr Amadi, who was present at the Mass, was nearly lynched by angry worshipers after the announcement.
The angry mob had already enveloped him before AMEN security personnel rushed to his rescue and guided him to the Father’s house.
Mbaka had barely mentioned the new priest’s, name when the congregation began chanting, “we say no,” “we say no,” “we no gree” and started carrying green leaves, thereby forcing Fr Mbaka to rush the service to conclusion.
According to Bishop Onaga, “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.”
Bishop Onaga had placed a ban on Fr Mbaka in mid June, 2022 officially prohibiting all Catholic faithful, clergymen and religious from attending all AMEN programmes, a Catholic ministry founded and run by Mbaka.
Writing by Muzha Kucha