Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry shut down
The controversies surrounding the Enugu Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka have continued, following the immediate shutdown of his Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria, AMEN.
Orient Daily recalls that there was massive protest in Enugu, the state capital, last week, following the temporary disappearance of the priest.
As the tension and violence spread in the town, Mbaka appeared and announced that he was kept incommunicado by the church authorities.
He said that, but for the protest, the plan was to keep him for one month, after which he would be sent to Rome.
Mbaka said he was being punished for blessing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and for speaking against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He subsequently celebrated mass at the Adoration ground on Sunday, where he knelt and apologised to the bishop and the church.
However, while followers of the recent activities thought that the issue had been laid to rest, an announcement was made on Tuesday shutting down the Adoration ground.
It was gathered that this was in line with the earlier order of the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, The Most Reverend Calistus Onaga.
The bishop had told him to go on a one-month period of prayer where he would also have time to meditate on some of his activities.
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Mbaka’s ministry confirmed the development in a statement it sent out early Tuesday morning, informing members that Fr. Mbaka was proceeding on a one-month private prayer retreat.
The message to that effect read: “Our Spiritual Director, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka wishes to inform his beloved adorers that he has embarked on a private prayer retreat that will end on 10th June 2021.
“Consequently, no ministry activities shall be held in the ministry ground pending his return.
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“He directs that members of the ministry are to observe this period of his retreat as they used to do during the usual January breaks of the ministry, by praying at their homes, being charitable and fasting, according to their ability.”
By Uzoh Ugwueze, Enugu