Catholic Church silent on Mbaka allegations

the Catholic Diocese of Enugu said he was still evaluating the allegations made by the father. Ejike MbakaCatholic Priest and Spiritual Director of the Ministry of Worship, Enugu, after more than a month.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr. Mbaka in his New Year message alleged there was a conspiracy to kill him after his feud with the diocese last year.

Mr Mbaka said the diocesan leadership planned to drag him to brothels before killing him.

The outspoken Catholic priest subtly accused the diocese’s Catholic bishop, Callistus Onaga, of being part of the plot, although he did not mention the bishop by name.

The diocese’s communications director, Ben Achi, told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday that the church had yet to make a decision on Mr Mbaka’s allegations.

“The diocese has not yet made its decision (on the allegations). We are still reviewing the situation. Nothing about it yet,” said Mr. Achi, who is also a Catholic priest.

Mbaka’s quarrel with the diocese

Mr. Mbaka had, in April, called for the dismissal of the president in the face of growing insecurity in the country. The presidency replied to Mr. Mbaka, saying the priest was angry because Mr Buhari ignored his request for contracts.

Mr. Onaga, the diocesan bishop, said to be unhappy with the priest’s exchange of words with the presidency, consequently asked Mr. Mbaka to close his ministry of worship for a month and embark on a retreat.

When Mr Mbaka’s supporters did not see him for around 24 hours, they staged a protest at the bishop’s residence, suspecting that Mr Onaga, who had summoned the fiery priest, may have – be handed over to security agencies.

Protesters destroyed properties inside the bishop’s residence and the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit before Mr Mbaka emerged and took them to a place where he addressed them.

The priest told protesters he was denied access to his phone and given a one-month suspension.

The bishop then declared a week of prayer “in reparation and atonement for this heinous act against our ancestral place of worship and the sanctity of the church.”

Although Mr. Mbaka later apologized to the bishop and the Catholic Church, his New Year’s allegations against the diocesan leadership appear to have signaled a reprise hostilities with the church.

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