Nigerians have expressed mixed reactions to the ban placed on Father Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry by the leadership of the Catholic Church.
In a statement released by the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Calistus Onaga, Catholics were barred from attending the Adoration Ministry.
The Bishop noted that the punitive measures were taken based on Mbaka’s utterances, which did not align with the principles of the Church.
The letter, titled, ‘Pastoral Injunction On Attendance To Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu,’ stated that the decision was due to Mbaka’s persistent violation of several fraternal corrections and admonitions, as well as pastoral directives and guidelines for the Ministry Chaplaincy.
The statement read, “I hereby prohibit all Catholics (clergy, religious and lay faithful) henceforth from attending all religious and liturgical activities of the Catholic Adoration Ministry until 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 of the Catholic Adoration Ministry are not consistent with the teachings and faith of the Catholic church.”
Nigerians, however, took to social media to air their views. See reactions below:
Mbaka said what Nigerians need now is Food.
Such a disgrace of a Priest.
I will address the Igbo Elite class but let me wait until after this Election.
Orji Uzo Kalu, Dave Umahi Etc will hear from me in due time.
For now, the project is #PeterObiForPresident2023
— BitcoinChief (TATCOIN TRADER) (@gaiuschibueze) June 16, 2022
Father mbaka got a taste of the humble pie for slandering Peter obi amongst other things
The lesson is, to be careful what you say so it doesn’t come back to bite you in the ass pic.twitter.com/03TwvRiadR
— B.bosz (@_weyimi) June 18, 2022
Mbaka has apologised for the attack on @PeterObi . Let’s forgive & move on. “I give my blessings to the supporters of His Excellency Peter Obi. In any way they feel offended by my utterances..I ask for their understanding and forgiveness.” – Father Mbaka. https://t.co/mBArbX4fKR
— Dr. Ope Banwo (@opebanwo) June 17, 2022
Enugu Diocese bans Catholics from attending Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s activities, begins canonical processes against his Ministry. This is heartwarming. Long overdue. Thank you, Bishop Onaga. 👏 pic.twitter.com/PNLGHukbVJ
— Ajị bussu onye mpiawa azu🏳️🌈 (@AfamDeluxo) June 18, 2022
Very Good. Mbaka is not bigger than the Catholic Church. If he wants to Leave let him leave. You can’t be Constantly embarrassing the Catholic Church. Enough is enough. #PeterObi4President2023 pic.twitter.com/qoJX2o848j
— Peter Obi’s Akwa Nwa 😍 (@Shizzlemajizzle) June 18, 2022
Why are you people angry at Fr Mbaka nau 😂😂😂😂
He is saying the truth jare 😑
Peter is STINGY with public funds which is even why we are supporting him
Since they started sharing the resources of this country, what did we achieve?
Are we not POVERTY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD??
— J a c k 🇳🇬 (@Jack_ng01) June 15, 2022
Being my pastor, priest, Spiritual leader etc doesn’t necessarily make you smarter than me. I won’t challenge your utterances, but I’ll definitely not believe or do it cos you’re standing on the altar in white. Mbaka is bad news both to Igbos and the Catholic church.
— Justice Jide (@blaq_whale) June 15, 2022