Wednesday May 12, 2021
In a release personally signed by the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria AMEN, Rev Fr Ejikemeuwa Camillus Mbaka, on Tuesday May 11, the embattled Rev Fr said that all activities in the adoration ground is hereby suspended till June 10, 2021.
The total shutting down of the ministry is to allow Fr Mbaka embark on the 30 days prayer retreat as ordered by the Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Callistus Onaga.
The statement partly read, “He directs that members of the ministry are to observe this period of his retreat as they used to do during the usual January break of the ministry by praying at their homes, being charitable and fasting according to their ability.”
Recall that Mbaka was invited by the Bishop of Enugu Diocese on Tuesday May 4, to the bishop’s court in Enugu from where he was directed to proceed on a 30 day prayer retreat immediately.
On Wednesday May 5, his adoration ministry workers caused the media to report that Mbaka was missing.
The report had it that Mbaka was invited by the bishop to Enugu who allegedly handed him over to the DSS, this caused the DSS to make a press release stating that Mbaka was not in their custody. The members of the adoration ministry who had gathered for their usual Wednesday morning prayers quickly mobilised themselves for a demonstration at the bishop’s court.
The eventual protest turned violent as the protesters destroyed things in the bishop’s house and the Holy Ghost Cathedral Church in Enugu.
Mbaka had while addressing his parishioners on the Adoration ground shortly after a violent protest at the Bishop’s Court, said safe for their protest, he would have been kept incommunicado by the Bishop.
He said the plan was to keep him for 30 days.
He said a lot of issues were presented against him after which the church leadership, led by Bishop Calistus Onaga, told him that he would remain indoors for one month, a period that would allow him to pray and meditate over his activities.
The priest said he requested to be allowed the opportunity to address his parishioners after which he would shut down, “but they said no.”
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The desecration of the holy alter led the bishop to declare a week long fasting and prayers in the whole of Enugu Catholic Diocese starting from Friday May 7, in atonement for the desecration of the place of worship by the members of Fr Mbaka’s adoration ministry.
However, following condemnation that trailed his comment and actions of his supporters, Mbaka, on Sunday apologised to the Catholic Church and Bishop Onaga for the desecration of the church.
When contacted, the Communications Director, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev Fr Benjamin Achi, said that the church would speak officially after the seven-day fasting and prayer the Bishop had declared on the development.
“Certainly, the church is going to speak on the development but that will be after the fasting and prayers our Lordship has declared,” Achi said.
Meanwhile, a source close to the Bishop told our correspondent that the last of the episode, had not been heard.