The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has distanced itself from the endorsement of some governors of the South-East and candidates contesting totally different political positions by the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Reverend Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
The church stated it has not endorsed any candidate for the 2019 common elections.
Mbaka had, in the course of the bazaar of his ministry in Enugu, final Sunday, embarrassed the vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, for not publicly saying what he would do for the ministry and likewise accused him of being stingy, an motion that has been roundly condemned by the Catholic Church.
Speaking in an interview final evening, Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi stated the church is apolitical and the church doesn’t take any political place at any time.
“The church is apolitical.
The church doesn’t take any political place at any time and the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), a few weeks in the past, issued an official assertion to that impact; that the pulpit shouldn’t be used for any political marketing campaign or the priest popping out to endorse any candidate as in opposition to the opposite. So, there was official assertion to that impact by CBCN.
So, something quite the opposite is in opposition to what the church is instructing.
“He doesn’t symbolize the official place of the church as a result of the church’s place has all the time been clear and that’s what the place of the church has all the time been, and it hasn’t modified but. Church officers don’t come out and make political statements or say issues which may recommend that one political candidate is endorsed as in opposition to the opposite, no. It is in opposition to the church’s mode of operation.
It is in opposition to the church’s ideas,” he stated.
Meanwhile, a famend Prophet in Enugu, Anthony Nwoko, has lashed at Fr. Mbaka and stated he (Mbaka) is just not working with the spirit of holiness.
“Mbaka is not a man of God. He has been deceiving the world. The man that will rule the world is in Enugu and Mbaka could not see it.”