The Enugu Diocese of the Catholic in Nigeria has released an official statement disassociating itself and condemning the statement credited to Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
Recall that candidreporters.com earlier reported that the Enugu Catholic Priest, Rev. Mbaka recently declared that the Labour Party Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi can never be Nigeria’s President.
Mbaka said this during a prayer service on Wednesday at the church in Enugu.
He said it is better to have an old generous man than a young man who does not have the spirit of giving.
The statement reads:
RE: INFLAMMATURV POLITICAL UTTERANCES BY REV. FR. CAMILLUS EJIKE MBAKA
The attention of the Diocesan Bishop. Most Rev. Callistus V.C. Onaga and the Catholic
Diocese of Enugu has been drawn to the inflammatory political utterances by Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejikeme 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 of Mr, Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, describing him as “a stingy man” and as “a joker contrary to canon 120 of the 1983 Code 131 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 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. Mbakass views on the matter are entirely personal to him and do not represent the position 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.
Very Rev. Fr. Wilfred Chidi Agubuchie .
Very Rev. Fr Geoffrey Aguigwo
Most Rev. Ernest Anezichulmu Obodo
Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu.