Rev. Fr. Mbaka’s Disappearance and Suspension, The Untold Story Behind the Scene3 min read
Following the call for President Buhari’s resignation, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has finally suspended Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka from church activities for one month which takes effect from May 3 after being summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop.
Bishop Onaga called Mbaka after repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the church’s image, the largest of any Christian organization worldwide, church officials familiar with the matter told reporters.
He accused the government of being behind several killings across the country and tagging separatists groups as terrorists rather than focus on getting them good jobs.
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Speaking at the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Mbaka said it is wrong for Buhari to maintain grave silence despite the incessant killings in the country.
The clergyman also frowned on the activities of herders that destroy the farmland of people without any repercussion. He said Buhari had failed Nigeria woefully and that he should resign now. Mbaka also called for the President’s impeachment.
According to the source, following his suspension, Mbaka returned to his ministry that lies north of the outskirts of Enugu city centre, where he was alleged to have incited his members against the bishop.
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Mbaka’s followers claimed without evidence that he was kidnapped by Mr. Onaga and handed over to the State Security Service. They subsequently marched on the premises of the bishop on Wednesday to protest his sudden disapearance.
The mob was also alleged to have descended on the Holy Ghost Cathedral, while looting and destroying items in the building. The members also went to town to allege that the SSS had arrested Mbaka generating widespread media reports despite lacking requisite corroboration.
A spokesman for the SSS denied taking Mr. Mbaka into custody or coming in any contacts with him.
Before falling out with Buhari recently, Mr. Mbaka was an ardent supporter of the President. He endorsed his campaign in 2015 and claimed his blessings played a role in its success.
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But as Buhari’s regime failed to tackle acute poverty and insecurity, Mr Mbaka said he was compelled to speak up and distance himself from his regime, describing it as evil and satanic and calling on the President himself to vacate office.
Church sources said Mbaka’s latest suspension was being viewed as significant, but not the first time the priest would face administrative action.
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The founder of Trinity House Church, Ituah Ighodalo warns President Buhari over the way he is handling the security challenges witnessed across the country.
Pastor Ituah Ighodalo who is bittered about the state of insecurity, said that Buhari has the power to tackle insecurity but he is however too complacent and lackadaisical for a former General in the Nigerian army.
According to the clergyman, tackling insecurity starts with the tone set at the top and Buhari failed to act even after being told that the past Service Chiefs were divided and had different agendas.
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He also decried how Leah Sharibu’s case was handled. According to Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, it is shocking that over 250 girls will be abducted from a school and there is no means of finding them.
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