The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has suspended Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka from church actions for one month because the controversial priest’s political escapades proceed to overshadow his theological obligations on a scale that nurtures endless issues amongst his senior clerics.
Mbaka was requested to proceed on suspension with impact from Could 3 after being summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop.
Onaga known as Mbaka in following his repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the church’s picture, the biggest of any Christian organisation worldwide, church officers acquainted with the matter informed The Gazette.
SaharaReporters had reported final Wednesday Mbaka’s criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari regime over its inaction on the widespread killings throughout the nation.
Talking on the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Mbaka stated it’s fallacious for Buhari to keep up grave silence regardless of the incessant killings within the nation.
He accused the federal government of being behind a number of killings throughout the nation and tagging separatists teams as terrorists slightly than concentrate on getting them good jobs.
The cleric additionally frowned on the actions of herders that destroy the farmland of individuals with none repercussion.
He stated Buhari had failed Nigeria woefully and that he ought to resign now. Mbaka additionally known as for the President’s impeachment.
Following his suspension, Mbaka returned to his ministry that lies north of the outskirts of Enugu metropolis centre, the place he subsequently incited his members towards the bishop, sources stated.
Mbaka’s followers claimed with out proof that he was kidnapped by Mr Onaga and handed over to the State Safety Service. They subsequently marched on the premises of the bishop on Wednesday morning, looting and destroying property therein.
The mob additionally descended on the Holy Ghost Cathedral, once more looting and destroying gadgets within the constructing. The members additionally went to city to allege that the SSS had arrested Mr Mbaka — producing widespread media reviews regardless of missing requisite corroboration.
A spokesman for the SSS denied taking Mr Mbaka into custody or coming in any contacts with him when reached by The Gazette, opposite to his followers’ rumours.
A spokesman for the diocese didn’t instantly return a request in search of feedback. Mbaka’s line was switched off when dialled by The Gazette on Wednesday night time.
Earlier than falling out with Buhari not too long ago, Mr Mbaka was an ardent supporter of the President. He endorsed his marketing campaign in 2015 and claimed his blessings performed a task in its success.
However as Buhari’s regime did not deal with acute poverty and insecurity, Mr Mbaka stated he was compelled to talk up and distance himself from his regime, describing it as evil and satanic and calling on the President himself to vacate workplace.
Church sources stated Mbaka’s newest suspension was being seen as vital for its undertone, however not the primary time the fiery priest would face administrative motion.
“We all know folks will hyperlink this to his confrontation with Buhari, however he was as soon as demoted from a parish priest to a deputy below a parish priest,” a church official informed TheGazette. “He had additionally been transferred from greater parishes to smaller ones for his frequent infractions prior to now.”
Nonetheless, church officers admitted Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry has been a money cow for the Enugu Diocese, although it was constructed by Mr Mbaka and never immediately below its management.
“The true drawback is the Diocese has been financially depending on Mbaka, gathering his thousands and thousands,” a supply stated, including that a few of the senior clerics themselves have additionally been in mattress with politicians whom Mr Mbaka has lengthy railed towards.
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