The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu,Revd. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has finally received huge support from his local ordinary, a revered clergy known as Most Revd (Dr) Callistus Onaga.
The respected bishop speaking with The Sun during the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria which was held in Abuja disclosed that Revd. Fr.Mbaka has not done anything to dent the image of the priesthood
Mbaka had come under fierce criticisms in recent times, particularly over comments during the visit of Peter Obi, the Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election.
He was reported to have said that Obi and his running mate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, would lose to President Muhammadu Buhari, a development which was attributed to Obi’s refusal to part with money during the Ministry’s 2018 harvest and bazaar.
But Bishop Onaga, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese under whose ecclesiastical watch Mbaka falls, has absolved Mbaka of any wrongdoing.“He is doing his work as a pastor within the doctrine of the church. And as much as possible, we try to make sure he works within the framework of the Canon Law,” Onaga said.
On Mbaka’s encounter with Obi on December 2, 2018, Onaga added: “No, he didn’t go out of the way. He could have in terms of method done things excessively, but he didn’t do anything contrary to the doctrine of the church.”
Onaga, however, refused to comment on Fr Mbaka prophetic activities.
“I am not talking about any prophecy. I am talking of his work as a priest,” he said.
It will be recalled that Ejike Mbaka, spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), says Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi, his running mate, might “end in shame” with the way they are going.
The Catholic priest said this after Obi failed to make donations at the ministry’s 2018 harvest and bazaar celebration.
Obi attended the programme which held during the weekend alongside other politicians from the south-east.
Standing by his side, Mbaka asked him to “stay in front of this children of God and tell God what you will do for Him … or what that means is, you don’t want to do anything for God. This is common deceit.”
Obi replied: “Father, what I said is straightforward. You will come and show me the project so that the two of us will talk. That is what I said.”
Mbaka then accused the former governor of Anambra of making “political statement” to which he responded: “Father knows I don’t make political statements. Anyone here from Anambra state knows Peter Obi has never promised anything and failed. I am a fundamental Catholic. I do whatever I say at the church.”
The priest said in response: “In your capacity and what God has done for you as governor … God hates stinginess. What I am saying is not to please you, but what will save your life. Otherwise you and Atiku will fail.
“If there is a place they will coat words for you, it is not at Mbaka’s altar. You can save your political destiny. Or in 2019, you people will not even know how they did the election. What will make my brother to come for bazaar and he won’t even break kola?”Mbaka went on to tell Obi how governors of Ebonyi and Enugu made donations without announcing at the altar and urged him to do same.
“Your own is taking time,” he said, adding: “The way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame”.
“Let us continue our bazaar. You know since he is not supporting us, the ministry has been moving. If people start arguing like this, their downfall begins,” he said.
The priest also said he would make prediction regarding the 2019 presidential election come December 31.