Mbaka was only temporarily removed from his position as head of the Ministry of Adoration – Catholic Church

A spokesperson for the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria said, “With the approval of his Bishop, on Sunday, October 2, 2022, Fr. Mbaka introduced Fr. Anthony Amadi to the faithful.

By Jeffrey Agbo

The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria said that Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka was only asked to step down from the administration of worship ministry in Enugu only so that he could hear God in solitude.

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu Callistus Onaga had banned worshipers and clerics from attending the ministry for several months as part of the sanctions imposed on Mbaka for making inciting political statements.

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Mbaka announced the church’s decision to his congregants on Sunday, but some of them did not receive it well. They even attempted to lynch the priest appointed to take over the ministry of worship during Mbaka’s absence.

Clarifying reports that Mbaka had been removed from his position as spiritual director of the ministry, the national director of social communications, Padre Mike Umoh, said in a statement on Monday evening: “Going through an interview with the director of communications of the diocese of Enugu, Rev. Benjamin Achi, Very Rev. Ejike Mbaka has not been removed from his position in the Ministry of Worship as many reports suggest.

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According to Achi, since Mbaka was recommended to take time away in solitude, in order to listen to what the Spirit of God has to say to him, he was allowed to propose a priest to administer, in the interim, the faithful in the Ministry of Worship.

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He said, “With the approval of his Bishop, on Sunday, October 2, 2022, Fr. Mbaka introduced Fr. Anthony Amadi to the faithful.

“Unfortunately, some people were still not satisfied and would prefer Fr Mbaka to stay.

“What every true Christian, and especially every true Catholic, should do at this time is to commit our dear brother and priest, Fr. Mbaka, to God in prayer so that he may, through this time, meet God especially, come out stronger and better recognizing his will for him and gain more graces to channel these rare gifts for his glory and for the sanctification of God’s people and society in general.

“The Church loves Fr. Mbaka and cherishes him as an illustrious son. May our Mother Mary, Queen of all the Apostles, intercede for him. Amen,” the statement read.

Jerry B. Hatch