The Enugu Catholic Diocese has banned all priests and Catholic faithful from attending the Adoration Ministry, Enugu led by troublesome priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
The church said the ban will remain in force until the due canonical process initiated by the Diocese is concluded.
The ban followed the recent unwarranted outburst of the cleric, who described Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi as a stingy man.
Mbaka on Wednesday at his adoration ground while addressing his congregants said Obi would never become President for being stingy.
The cleric declared that Obi could only become the President if God ceases to exist, adding that the former Anambra Governor is under a curse.
According to the priest, it would be better to have an old man as President than a ‘stingy young man’.
Mbaka’s remarks drew condemnations from millions of Nigerian youths and religious stakeholders which however prompted the under fire priest to retract his statement and apologised for attacking the former Fidelity Bank director (Peter Obi).
In a letter he personally signed and addressed to all clergy, religious and lay faithful, the Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, banned all Catholic faithful and clergy in the Diocese from having anything to do with the Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry.
The letter reads: “In the light of the happenings in the Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu capable of undermining the Catholic faith and teachings; and after several fraternal corrections and admonitions to Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka, the Chaplain of the Ministry.
“And after having given him pastoral directives and guidelines for the Ministry Chaplaincy, which he persistently violated; and in fulfilment of my pastoral duties as the Chief Shepherd with the obligation to promote and safeguard the Catholic faith and morals in Enugu Diocese, I hereby prohibit all Catholics (clergy, religious and lay faithful) henceforth from attending all religious and liturgical activities of the Adoration Ministry until the due canonical process initiated by the Diocese is concluded.
“My decision is based on the fact that some of the teachings and utterances of Fr Camillus Ejike Mbaka at the Catholic Adoration Ministry are not consistent with the teachings and faith of the Catholic Church.
“I enjoin all the Christian Faithful to keep praying for Fr. Mbaka and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu as I entrust him and the Diocese to the maternal carç thee and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles.