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Peter Obi: Catholics banned from controversial Mbaka’s church as he eats his words

Persecondnews recalls that Mbaka has become controversial lately with the latest when he called out the candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, as being stingy and that he can never become Nigeria's president.

Following what it called the persistent disobedience to canonical laws, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, has banned its members from attending “all religious and liturgical activities” at the Adoration Ministry of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.

The Catholic Bishop of Enugu, Callistus Onaga, said in a statement that Mbaka had continuously flouted the church’s rules, warning that the cleric’s excesses would no longer be condoned.

Persecondnews recalls that Mbaka has become controversial lately with the latest when he called out the candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, as being stingy and that he can never become Nigeria’s president.

Specifically, he told his congregants not to vote Obi in the 2023 election, saying “he is stingy and wicked.”

Miffed by the negative comments that trailed the priest’s outburst, Onaga banned Catholics and its priests from attending the Adoration Ministry.

The church said stressed that Mbaka’s preachings were “no longer in sync with the doctrines of the church”.

Onaga frowned at happenings in the Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy, Enugu that are “capable of undermining the Catholic faith and teachings.”

“After several fraternal corrections and admonitions to Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, the Chaplain of the Ministry as well as having given him pastoral directives and guidelines for the Ministry Chaplaincy, which he persistently violated, in fulfillment 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 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 care and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles,” he said.

Persecondnews recalls that Mbaka had on Friday retracted his statement and apologized to ex-Anambra Governor Obi and also “released blessings” on the ambition of the only presidential candidate of Igbo stock.

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