Catholic Church says Mbaka’s followers desecrated altar of sacrifice

THE Enugu State Catholic Diocese has said
followers of Spiritual Director of Adoration
Ministry Ejike Mbaka desecrated the church’s
altar of sacrifice on Wednesday.
This was contained in a statement by the
Bishop of the Diocese Calistus Onaga to the
church faithful in the state on Thursday.
The bishop called on all parishioners,
chaplaincies and religious houses in the
diocese to embark on a seven-day prayer of
atonement and reparation to seek the face
of God for the ‘heinous act’ of Mbaka’s
followers when they broke into the church’s
headquarters and vandalised facilities.
“On 5th May 2021, the followers of Fr.
Camillus Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration
Ministry Enugu, Nigeria violently broke into
the diocesan cathedral church and
desecrated the holy alter of sacrifice,” the
statement read.
“Over and above this, they brutally
vandalised the diocesan bishop’s residence,
the cathedral parish house and the
secretariat building complex.
“Therefore, I hereby declare and call for a
one week union of prayer in reparation and
atonement for this heinous act against our
central place of worship and the sanctity of
the church.
“The prayer begins from Friday 7th May to
Friday 14th May 2021. Every parish,
chaplaincy and religious community in the
diocese is obliged to participate in this holy
activity.
“In addition to the traditional May devotion
prayers (like daily benediction), the
following prayers are to be offered for this
purpose:
“(a) Five decades of the Holy Rosary, (b) Act
of reparation in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
(c) Psalms 51 and 23.”
He enjoined them to remain sober and keep
the diocese in prayers, noting that “with
divine assistance and grace, we shall
overcome this challenging moment.”
Mbaka has been in the news over his recent
call on the National Assembly to impeach
President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to
resign due to the rising insecurity in the
country.
There was a palpable tension and protest by
some of his followers after he had failed to
show up to attend his usual morning
prayers on Wednesday.
He told his followers shortly after he
resurfaced that the leadership of the church
was planning to keep him away from the
public for 30 days, and then send him away
to Rome over his recent comments on
President Muhammadu Buhari and the
leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra
(IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
The ruling All Progressive Congress
( APC) released a statement cautioning him,
with a threat to expose and report him to
the pope and the Vatican.
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The Presidency has attributed Mbaka’s
outburst to the refusal of Buhari to give him
contracts.
Reacting, Mbaka said the foreign contractors
he took to meet the president at the
Presidential Villa were people who wanted
to resolve the high level of insecurity in the
country.

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