The youth wing of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has reacted to the closure of the Adoration Ministry of Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka in Enugu State.
OYC in its reaction to the continued closure of the ministry said the prolonged closure of Mbaka’s ministry can spell doom.
Recall that the ministry was shut down by Bishop Callistus Onaga of Enugu Catholic Diocese following Mbaka’s comment against the Presidential aspirant of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
Mbaka while addressing his members had described the former governor of Anambra State as stingy.
OYC in a statement released on Wednesday said the prolonged closure of the Adoration Ministry is a time bomb waiting to explode.
The statement was signed by the National President of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the Secretary, Comrade Obinna Achionye.
OYC who claimed that the closure of the ministry is a plan to frustrate Mbaka 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.
“Our information revealed that there is a serious gang up and conspiracy against Fr. Mbaka, in addition to plans to take over everything he has laboured for in life, with a view towards crippling his source of magnified charity to the poor masses and send him out to overseas for further studies after 28 years of his priestly ordination.”
The youths who alleged that there are plans to build a seminary at the Adoration ground, said, “if actually, it is about Peter Obi, Fr. Mbaka has even apologized for his statements, 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.”
Speaking on the threat against Bishop Onaga, the group said, “to consider the numerous people Fr. Mbaka puts food on their table every day. We are saying this because should they take to the streets, it would be difficult to control them. In fact, the situation is just a bomb waiting to explode. We have been talking to them but we don’t know how long we can hold them.
“This is a man who takes care of over 25,000 persons either by direct employment or charity interventions. Such a person should not be treated with levity.
“The Church should learn to practise what they preach on forgiveness. The Bible told us that forgiveness could be as much as 70 times 70. So, since the priest has apologized, the Church should look at the bigger picture and forgive him.”