Members of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, on Sunday accused the Peoples Democratic Party of masterminding the recent Transfer of the founder and Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.
Mbaka was transferred from the Christ the King Parish, GRA, in Enugu metropolis, to Our Lady Parish, Emene, on the outskirts of the Coal City. Mbaka’s transfer was part of a general redeployment of priests by the Enugu Catholic Diocese, headed by Bishop Calistus Onaga. But the fiery priest had, while handing over to his successor at the CKC, insinuated that the transfer was in line with a witch-hunt against him, and raised the alarm that he was going to suffer in the new parish. However, members of his religious organisation have accused the PDP, and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, of influencing the transfer.
In a statement signed by Kingsley Eze, Sunday Ukam, (Enugu State Adorer), Adedije Wale, (Osun State Adorer), and others, the members of the Ministry insisted that their spiritual director’s transfer was not in order. The furious worshipers accused the bishop of the Enugu Catholic Diocese, Onaga, of acting according to a script written by Mbaka’s enemies.
They wondered why Onaga should decide to transfer Mbaka from the CKC, after previous bishops had allowed him to stay in the parish for about 20 years.
“What Bishop Michael Eneja saw and allowed, Bishop Gbuji protected and watered but Bishop Onaga uprooted in a most barbaric and despondent manner,” they said, referring to the transfer.
They claimed that the bishop was working with unnamed ‘stalwarts’ of the PDP, who they said were unhappy over Mbaka’s role in the last presidential elections.
Mbaka had predicted President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory, and in a message entitled ‘From Good Luck to Bad Luck’, urged Nigerians to vote for the APC candidate.
The Adoration Ministry members added, “Most Nigerians know that the uncommon silence of Bishop Onaga over Fr. Mbaka’s prophesy of the defeat of the Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP-led government by President Muhammadu Buhari was not really for nothing.
“He was just waiting for the time to carry out the script of the stalwarts of the overthrown party.
“Barely few weeks before the posting, the voice of a faction of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural group, was heard barking at Fr. Mbaka to ‘shut up’ over his prophesies.
“And now comes the posting done in such a manner as to really shut Fr. Mbaka up.
“Sources close to Bishop Onaga disclosed to us that the Bishop said he transferred Fr. Mbaka out of pressure from Ohanaeze and PDP.
“The posting is not Holy Ghost oriented but PDPnized and Ohanaezenized, and any cleric be him pastor, bishop or cardinal that supported this is enemy of the Holy Spirit.”
Further condemning the transfer, they said members of the Ministry, who are based outside the country, have been calling to express their anger at the development.
They warned of their readiness to carry out a “religious revolution” over the matter.