The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has disowned the spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka over his rebuke of Mr Peter Obi as someone who underserving of the presidency because of his supposed stinginess.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that Mbaka had on Monday, June 13 while exalting his congregation at the Adoration Ground, Enugu faulted the emergence of Peter Obi as the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP.
According to the cleric, Peter Obi was wicked and stingy and would add to Nigeria’s poverty should he become president.
the statement which was signed by three Roman Catholic positions namely Very Rev. Fr. Wilfred Chidi Agubuchie, Very Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Aguigwo and Most Rev. Ernest Anezichukwu Obodo.
Reacting the clerics said:
The complete statement reads:
The attention of the Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. CallistusV.C. Onaga, and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has been drawn to the inflammatory political utterances by Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, the Director of Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu, on Wednesday, 15 June 2022 during his Wednesday Adoration Programme.
Fr. Mbaka during his preaching attacked the good reputation ot Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, describing him as “a stingy man’” and as “a joker”, contrary to canon 220 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law which prohibits anyone from illegitimately harming the good name of a person.
He also made fun of the Labour Party and vowed that Mr. Obi could not be the president of Nigeria. This is a clear violation of the provisions of canon 287 $2 which forbids priests from engaging in partisan politics.
The Catholic Diocese of Enugu hereby condemns and dissociates herself from such unbecoming and divisive utterances from Fr. Mbaka.
We notify the general public that Fr. Mbaka’s views on the matter are entirely personal to him and do not represent the position of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.
In an effort to keep him united to the Body of Christ, we enjoin him to refrain from making further provocative prophecies or utterances capable of heating up the polity. We assure the people of God and the general public that the Catholic Diocese of Enugu is taking the due canonical process.
Finally, we urge all the People of God to continue to pray for peaceful elections and to discharge their civic responsibilities by getting their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and casting their votes in order to elect the right candidates.
May Our Lady. Queen of Nigeria, intercede for us,” the statement disowning Mbaka on his umbrage against the Catholic Church.