The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has dissociated itself from the scathing remarks made by the Spiritual Leader of the Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
While speaking during one of his programmes in Enugu, the cleric maintained that it stated that it would be impossible for Obi to become Nigeria’s president, adding that an old man president is better than a ‘stingy young man’.
However, in a statement jointly signed by the diocese's secretary, V.R. Fr. Wilfred Agubuchie and the Vicar General, V.R. Fr. Geoffrey Aguigwo, on Thursday, the church ordered Mbaka to stop provocative prophecies.
"The attention of the Diocesan Bishop. Most Rev. Callistus V.C. Onaga. and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has been drawn to the inflammatory political utterances by Re, . Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka. the Director of Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu. on Wednesday. 15 June 2022 during his Wednesday Adoration Programme.
"Fr. Mbidiu during his preaching attacked the good reputation of Mr. Peter Obi. the Labour Party Presidential Candidate. describing him as stingy and as, joker". country to canon 220 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law which prohibits anyone from illegitimately harming the good name of a person. He also made 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.
"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.
"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.
"Finally. we urge all the People of God to continue to pray for peaceful elections and to discharge their responsibilities by getting their Permanent Voter's Card and casting their votes in order to elect the right candidates," the statement read.