Latest: Fr Mbaka reacts to his suspension, Delivers Another Important Message
Following the suspension of Nigeria popular Revered Father Mbaka by the Enugu Catholic diocesan head bishop Valentine Onaga. He was asked to proceed on suspension with effect starting from May 3.
According to report, Onaga called Mbaka following his repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the image of the church, the largest of any Christian organisation worldwide, church officials familiar with the matter told The Gazette.
Mbaka sparred with Mr Buhari’s aides in a series of verbal fireworks that included the Nigerian presidency threatening to blackmail the priest as a political jobber and public contract racketeer. Mr Mbaka denied the allegations.
The church leaders recognised that Mr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry as an independent congregation that does not fall directly under the main church’s control, he could still be reined in as a priest under the Roman Catholic’s certification, officials said.
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Following his suspension, Mr Mbaka returned to his ministry that lies north of the outskirts of Enugu city centre, where he subsequently incited his members against the bishop, sources said.
Read Statement below As Mbaka reacts to his suspension:
I am a Catholic and also a formal mass servant at St.Paul catholic church awkwunanu, tell me what they are going to teach me in church again, priest fighting priest, and they are training us to become what?
Its high time stupid people that has sold their humanity in church and carry bible should think twice..”
Mbaka’s followers claimed that he was kidnapped by Onaga and handed over to the State Security Service. They subsequently marched on the premises of the bishop on Wednesday morning, looting and destroying assets therein.