The Enugu Catholic Diocese has called on Catholics to stop attending religious and liturgical activities of the Adoration Ministry owned by Rev. Ejike Mbaka.
The development came following a recent comment by Mbaka saying that the Labour Party presidential aspirant and former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, is stingy and cannot become Nigeria’s president.
He said, referring to Obi, “A stingy man cannot be our president. We are already hungry. We need a generous person. Nigerians are hungry. Are we not hungry?”
Mbaka was said to have made the comment after Mr Obi failed to make monetary donations to his ministry.
In a letter on Friday, the Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev Dr. Callistus decried Mbaka’s alleged continued breach of the tenets and principles laid down by the Catholic Church despite previous warnings.
Callistus said in the letter he personally signed, “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.
“I hereby prohibit all Catholics (clergy, religious and lay faithful) henceforth from attending all religious and liturgical activities of the 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 Camillus Ejike Mbaka at the Catholic Adoration Ministry are not consistent with the teachings and faith of the Catholic Church.
“I enjoin all the Christian Faithful to keep praying for Fr. Mbaka and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu as I entrust him and the Diocese to the maternal carç thee and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles.”