Fr. Mbaka says he wasn’t kidnapped, apologises to Bishop Onaga
The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries in Enugu, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, has apologised to the Catholic Church’s leadership over the attack and destruction of church properties.
Mbaka apologised while delivering his sermon on Sunday at Adoration Ground in Emene.
He said, “I, Fr Mbaka standing here, I am a child of the holy mother church, and all the faithful are also children of the same mother church.
“I am a baby of the church and an ordained holy Roman Catholic that is apostolic, universal. I stand here to tell you that nothing can destroy the church. I speak as a messenger of God and a mere servant.
“Please, I have to clarify this, Fr Mbaka has no problem with the Church and I do not have any problem with my bishop. Enemies want to achieve that by causing discord, but I will not allow it because, there is something in me that will conquer such problems.
“I am on your behalf, kneeling down for the church and I say may the church forgive. What has happened has happened we are to save the image of the church and the face of the church and the souls of the son of God we cannot lose my soul because of what has happened,” he stated.
“I am here standing on your behalf and I render my sincere unalloyed apologies to the Holy Roman and Apostolic Church where I belong and say may the mother church forgive us in anyway we didn’t do it well even in all that I said, where I didn’t say it well, we pray for their forgiveness.
He alleged that the search by his members was hijacked.
“I heard that some people joined up and started breaking things, and that virtually people of all tribes, Christians and non-Christians as well as Catholics and non-Catholics joined in the search.
“The church is not my property I belong to the church so I am asking my lord Bishop Onaga and all the priests of Enugu diocese and for everybody to rest the case.”
He assured that he will join the prayer of reparation called by the Bishop as he didn’t send anybody to destroy anything.
“The prayer of reparation we will join, I didn’t send anybody to destroy anything I have no problem with anybody and I can’t disobey the church — who am I? How can somebody who has been serving the church for 25 years come out to begin to fight the same church,” he added.
Mbaka, who condemned the destruction of properties at the Bishop’s Court, said he was not aware that anything was destroyed.
He maintained that his statement praising the parishioners was because of their quest to look for their missing priest.
“I didn’t enter the cathedral. I never knew that even a glass was broken. “What I was praising those that trooped out that day was not about anything that was destroyed but for their ability to search for your missing pastor.
“And I beg you, whenever any priest goes missing, please, look for him. If any of our priests is kidnapped, you should not rest! Whether it happened in Onitsha, Aba, Nnewi, even in Maiduguri or Yorubaland, search for him. This is because we share one priesthood of Christ Jesus.
“If I hear that my bishop is missing, for instance, I will do everything possible, by the grace of God to find him.
The priest said his parishioners prevented the hoodlums from destroying the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral and also burning down the Bishop’s Court.
“I thank God nobody died. One person was said to have poured himself fuel and started pouring it round the Bishop’s Court and wanted to light himself up with the house, is that not another type of suicide bomber.
“But the adoration people beat the hell out of him. And some other wanted to destroy the sanctimum and the grotto but the Adoration members block them and started praying”, he said
He said the parishioners will agree on a day to go in their large numbers to the Bishop and apologise to him