Hours after the Catholic Church banned worshippers from attending the Adoration Ministry of the Catholic priest, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, due to some of his political-based utterances, Mbaka, has said his side of the story.
Catholic faithful had been urged to desist from attending Mbaka’s church after a video snippet went viral on social media, which showed the Reverend Father calling Peter Obi, a presidential candidate, ‘stingy’ after asking him to donate to the church.
Mbaka’s comment did not sit well with some social media users who took to various platforms to air their opinions.
However, responding to the sanction from the church and backlash from the public, Fr Mbaka, via Adoration Ministry’s Facebook page, noted that his utterance was not to malign the image of Peter Obi.
The statement read, “I am grateful to God for His unquantifiable and favourable blessings, miracles, love and life for the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria. I assure the people of God and Nigerians that I am praying for good governance and good leadership in this country and that God will give us leaders after His own heart.
“As it stands right now, it is obvious that Nigeria is passing through indescribable insecurity, inestimable unemployment, massive corruption, heinous crimes and unbearable suffering engendered by bad leadership.
“I bear with my fellow countrymen and women in whatever we are passing through in this trying time. I call on the adorers and the entire people of God to join hands in praying that God will deliver us from the plans of the devil and its wicked agents.”
Fr Mbaka continued, “I am a servant of God and my intention is not to malign His Excellency, Peter Obi’s image, but to pray for him. May God’s will be done in his life. I pray to God whom I serve to give our beloved people good and excellent leaders who will take care of them and lead them to the promised land. Anyone who God wishes to make our Leader is my choice.
“In this vein, I give my blessings to the supporters of His Excellency, Peter Obi. In any way they feel offended by my utterances or however I was misunderstood by them, I ask for their understanding and forgiveness. As a servant of the Most High God, I pray that it shall be well with my people. I am an ardent supporter of good governance, justice, equity, love and godliness.
“At this time, our people are passing through the valleys of shadows of death (Ps23.4), I pray for peace, love and anything that will bring blessings and favour to our people and to our suffering teaming youths. I will always stand with you in all your ordeals. God will take care of you and bless you miraculously for me.”