Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, Chaplain and Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry, Enugu, has been transferred to the monastery by the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga.
As a result, Rev. Fr. Anthony Amadi has been appointed as the new chaplain of the Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy to replace him (Mbaka).
This decision by the Catholic Secretariat enraged Mbaka’s supporters, who protested and drove the new chaplain out of the ministry.
This came as the church issued a clarification on the transfer reports.
Padre Nsikak-Umoh, CSN’s National Director of Social Communications, revealed this in a statement titled “Fr. Mbaka: The True Position” on Monday.
Nsikak-Umoh pointed out that Mbaka, not the Bishop of the Enugu Diocese, recommended his replacement to lead the ministry during the time he would be away ‘in solitude.’
According to him, it was with Onaga’s approval that Mbaka introduced Amadi as the new interim leader of the ministry to worshippers, pending his return; a move that drew criticism from some followers.
“According to an interview with the Director of Communications, Enugu Diocese, Rev. Fr. Ben Achi, Very Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka was not removed from the Adoration Ministry, as many reports suggest,” the statement read.
“Rather, according to Fr. Achi, because it was recommended that Fr. Mbaka spend time alone listening to what the Spirit of God has to say to him, he was allowed to propose a priest to administer to the faithful at the Adoration Ministry in the interim.”
“On Sunday, October 2, 2022, Fr. Mbaka introduced Fr. Anthony Amadi to the worshippers with the approval of his bishop.”
Mbaka’s supporters protest, and an activist calls the ban illegal. “Unfortunately, some people were still dissatisfied and would prefer that Fr. Mbaka remain.”
Mbaka was barred from commenting on political issues by the Catholic Diocese of Enugu on June 3rd, following the suspension of ministry activities.
“All along, the Bishop has been trying to take over the Adoration Ministry,” one of his supporters told journalists on the condition of anonymity. But I assure you that no priest will be successful there. Nobody will come to worship as long as Fr. Mbaka is not present.”
Mbaka in the year 2023
Meanwhile, Mbaka is said to have discussed the 2023 general elections, accusing some of the candidates of wasting their time.
He was said to have said this during his first Holy Mass at the Adoration Chaplaincy on Sunday.
Despite the fact that our correspondent was not present, one of Mbaka’s supporters, Mrs Chinwe Ndu, quoted him as saying, “Many people are wasting their time for the 2023 general elections.” God told me not to reveal it…but as things stand, many people are wasting their time.
“The Lord said that even if it takes a while, the vision will come true; just wait for it.”
“If it hadn’t been for the Holy Spirit’s warning, I would have given Nigeria a simple solution.” But please wait.”