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Protest rocks Enugu over ban on Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry

By Charles Onyekwere

Worshippers at Adoration Ministry Enugu, have protested the Catholic authority’s sanction on Fr. Ejike Mbaka following his attack on Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi. On Sunday, they expressed their support for Mbaka, the Spiritual Director of the Church.

The supporters also called for the immediate removal of the Bishop of Enugu, Callistus Onaga. With leaves and placards, they chanted solidarity songs and repeatedly chorused “Onaga Must Go.” on its political activities, it cannot drag the Commission into coming to observe them.

It is the responsibility of INEC to go to the designated venues to carry out its own duty. “In the event that Mike Igini left the approved venue of the primaries to go to Sheer Grace Arena, you can then appreciate the fact that he may have been on a voyage of self-destruct,” he said.

Speaking about the emergence of Senator Godswill Akpabio as candidate of the party for Akwa Ibom Northwest District, Hon. Eyiboh stated that the National Secretary of the party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has issued a circular indicating that the party would reconduct the primary due to security infractions in the May 27, 2022, primary.

Eyiboh observed that the withdrawal of the winner of the previously conducted election, Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, necessitated the reconduct and that “such could not have amounted to candidate substitution as falsely peddled by Mr Igini.” On Friday, Onaga announced a ban on activities at the Adoration Ground in Enugu.

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He said some of the sermons and utterances of Mbaka “are not consistent with the teachings and faith of the Catholic Church.”

Mbaka drew the anger of his superiors after damning comments against the former Governor of Anambra State whom the cleric had declared cannot become the President of Nigeria because he is “stingy.” Following a national outrage, Mbaka, in a lengthy open letter, apologized to Obi and the Catholic Church for his outburst.

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