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2023: Catholic Church Dissociate From Mbaka’s Comment On Peter Obi

  

Following Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s comment that Peter Obi could never become a president in Nigeria, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has condemned and dissociated the diocese from Mbaka’s political utterances, adding that the comments were as unbecoming and divisive.

 Disclosing this in a statement by the authorities of the Church, it was noted that, “The attention of the Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. Callistus V.C. Onaga, and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has been drawn to inflammatory political utterances by Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, the Director of Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu, on Wednesday, 15 June 2022 during his Wednesday Adoration Programme.”

According to the statement, “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 220 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law which prohibits from illegitimately harming the good name of a person.”

The statement read, “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 (2) which forbids priests from engaging in partisan politics.”

It clearly stated, “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. Mbaka’s views on the matter are entirely personal to him and do not represent the position of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.”

It added, “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.”

It maintained, “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 and casting their votes in order to elect the right candidates. May Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria, intercede for us.”

This is coming after Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Enugu Diocese stated during an Adoration Service, that the Labour Party presidential candidate would never become a president in Nigeria because he was stingy and was also a joker.

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