‘Bishop Must Go’ protests rock Enugu over ban on Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry, as priest condemns insult on Diocesan Shepherd

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High magnitude ‘Bishop Must Go’ protests has rocked the coal city of Enugu over the shepherd’s ban on Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry to catholic faithful.

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 This was coming even as Mbaka has distanced himself from the Sunday’s protests by his followers at the Adoration ground.

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The protests, which were in disapproval of the Enugu Catholic Bishop, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga’s ban on Catholics, including the clergy from attending Fr. Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry over his unguarded utterances, especially in political field, caused quite a stir, with all manner of invectives being poured on the Bishop, while asking him to leave the city.

But, in a statement personally signed by Mbaka, Monday morning, he urged his followers to remain calm, noting that he has received, in obedience, the ban on his ministry and had since shut the ministry till further notice.

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He advised his members who had taken to attacking or insulting the Bishop to desist from that, as according to him, the Bishop remains the Shepherd of the church in the Enugu Diocese and must be treated with utmost respect.

His statement reads; “My attention has been drawn to activities that took place on 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 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 will of God in the life of the Ministry”.

Recall that the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Callistus Onaga, had banned Catholics, including the clergy from attending Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry over his unguarded utterances, especially in political field.

This is contained in a letter personally signed by the Bishop himself and addressed to all the Clergy, religious and lay faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu on Saturday. Onaga banned them from having anything to do with the Adoration Ministry.

Recall also  that Mbaka had, last year, boasted that it would require needle and thread over his mouth to succeed in keeping him shut, saying: “those who think Mbaka will be quiet, you are wasting your time,” in reaction to the ban placed on him from commenting on political issues.

But the ban on Catholic faithful from visiting his church has, somehow served as a subtle gag over his mouth, after all, so if he did not see anyone to speak to, he could as well be speaking to the walls and pillars. 

Bishop Onaga’s letter reads inter alia: “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. Ejike Mbaka, the Chaplain of the Ministry, the reverse was not the case.

“Having given him pastoral directives and guidelines for the Ministry Chaplaincy, which he persistently violated, in fulfilment of my pastoral duties as the Chief Shepherd with the obligation to promote and safeguard the Catholic faith and morals in Enugu Diocese, I hereby prohibit all Catholics (clergy, religious and lay faithful) henceforth from attending all religious and liturgical activities of the Catholic Adoration Ministry until the due canonical process initiated by the Diocese is concluded.

“My decision is based on the fact that some of the teachings and utterances of Fr. Mbaka at the Catholic Adoration Ministry are not consistent with the teachings and faith of the Catholic Church,” Onaga said, enjoining “all Christian faithful to keep praying for Fr. Mbaka instead.”

The State Online reports that this is coming barely hours after Mbaka had apologised to Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party for 2023 general elections.

Recall that the priest had, during one of theAdoration programmes few days ago declared that Obi, who he described as “a stingy man,” would never rule Nigeria.

He had said that until Obi came and knelt before the Adoration alter, all his presidential ambitions would be in vain.

The outburst did not go down well with many Nigerians, especially the youths who had fallen in love with Obi’s candidature as they recommended appropriate sanctions be given to him (Fr Mbaka).

Mbaka’s comment had set social media on fire as many had condemned it.

Recall that this was not the first time Fr. Mbaka is facing sanctions from the Enugu Catholic Diocese over political comments.

The Diocesan authority had last year, after placing his activities on hold for a month, also converted the Adoration Ministry to chaplaincy and he was then asked to keep off politics, to no avil.

But Mbaka who always speaks on issues during his programmes on Adoration ground had given no to the changes, insisting that no one would stop him from speaking.

He repeats: “Those who think Mbaka will be quiet, you are wasting your time,” (NAN)/SHARE THIS

  • Tags: Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, Adoration Ministry, Bishop Callistus Onaga, Enugu Catholic Diocese
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