Enugu Catholic Church Disowns Fr Mbaka over ‘stingy’ comment on Peter Obi
The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has condemned and distanced itself from Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s inflammatory political remarks about Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections.
According to the Director of Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy, Obi will never be the next President of Nigeria, because he is ‘stingy,’ adding that it would be better to have an old man as President than a ‘stingy young man.’
In a statement titled “Disclaimer; Re: Inflammatory Political Utterances,” addressed to all God’s people, the general public, Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka,” the diocese warned Fr Mbaka not to make any more provocative prophecies or utterances that could inflame the polity.
The statement, signed by Very Rev. Fr. Wilfred Chidi Agubuchie, Chancellor/Secretary; Very Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Aguigwo, Vicar General; and Most Rev. Ernest Anezichukwu Obodo, Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu Diocese, advised Catholic faithful to fulfil their civic responsibilities by obtaining their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and casting their votes to elect the appropriate candidates.
“The attention of the Diocesan Bishop, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has been drawn to Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, the Director of Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu, during his Wednesday Adoration Programme on Wednesday, 15 June 2022.”
During his sermon, Fr. Mbaka attacked Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, calling him “a stingy man” and “a joker,” in violation of Canon 220 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, which prohibits anyone from illegitimately harming a person’s good name.
He also mocked the Labour Party and declared that Mr. Obi could not be Nigeria’s president,” according to the statement.
“This is a flagrant violation of Canon 287 $2, which prohibits priests from participating in partisan politics.
“The Catholic Diocese of Enugu hereby condemns and distances herself from Fr. Mbaka’s unseemly and divisive remarks.”
We would like to remind the general public that Fr. Mbaka’s views on the matter are entirely his own and do not reflect the Catholic Diocese of Enugu’s position.
“We enjoin him to refrain from making any further provocative prophecies or utterances capable of inflaming the polity in order to keep him united to the Body of Christ.”
The Catholic Diocese of Enugu assures God’s people and the general public that it is following the proper canonical procedures.
“Finally, we urge all God’s people to continue to pray for peaceful elections and to fulfil their civic responsibilities by obtaining their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and voting to elect the right candidates.”
May Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria, intercede for us.
AM Very Rev. Fr. Wilfred Chidi Agubuchie Chancellor/Secretary CATHOLIC DIOCESE
Very Rev. Fr. Geoffrey Aguigwo Vicar General
Most Rev. Ernest Anczichukwu Obodo Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu
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