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Adoration Ministry closure is a time bomb, say Ohanaeze youths

By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
30 June 2022   |   2:38 am
The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), yesterday, called for the re-opening of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry

Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka

The youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC), yesterday, called for the re-opening of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry, warning that a prolonged closure could spell doom.

It would be recalled that the ministry was shut down after Mbaka’s outburst against the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.

Soon after the announcement of the closure of the adoration ground by Bishop Callistus Onaga of the Enugu Catholic Diocese, members of the ministry went out on protest. It is gathered that this did not help matters even as a man was seen in a viral video threatening to kill Bishop Onaga.

Mbaka had earlier disassociated himself from the video, noting that the young man, in question, has mental issues, declaring he would never be part of any plan to harm the Bishop.

Reacting, OYC, in a statement jointly signed by its President-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, and Secretary-General, Obinna Achionye, said the prolonged closure of the Adoration Ministry is a time bomb waiting to explode.

The group said it has been making efforts to calm the frayed nerves of Mbaka’s followers, stressing that it would be difficult to hold them for too long.

Alleging a deliberate plot to frustrate Mbaka out of the ministry, the OYC said: “Instead of being an upper room ministry, which is what it is, like the Ebube Monso Ministry and the Catholic Prayer Ministry, Elele, Mbaka’s own has now been converted into a chaplaincy.

“Information at our disposal reveals there is a gang up and conspiracy against Mbaka, in addition to plans to take over everything he has laboured for and to cripple his source of charity to the poor masses and send him overseas for further studies after 28 years of his priestly ordination.”

The Ohanaeze youths claim to have uncovered plans to build a seminary at the adoration ground. They said: “Mbaka has apologised for his statements made against Obi, and we had expected the Church authority to forgive him in line with Biblical injunctions. After all, what he said was a prophecy; the right thing was to pray against it.”

In the threat video, the group said the personality involved was a known mentally unstable character and that no one should lose sleep over “his ranting.”

They appealed to Bishop Onaga to consider the many people Mbaka puts food on their table every day.