The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has distanced itself from the recent comments made by the spiritual director of Adoration Ministries, Enugu, Nigeria, Ejike Mbaka.
Mbaka, while addressing worshippers in a video trending online, described the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi as a ‘stingy man.’
“A stingy man cannot be our president, we are very hungry — we need a generous person, Nigerians are hungry, are we not hungry?” Mbaka had said.
The Enugu Diocese, in a statement issued on Thursday by Wilfred Chidi Agubuchie, said Mbaka’s comments are a “clear violation” of the provisions of the canon law “which forbids priests from engaging in partisan politics.”
The statement reads, “The Catholic Diocese of Enugu hereby condemns and dissociates herself from such unbecoming and divisive utterances from Fr. Mbaka.
“Mbaka’s views on the matter are entirely personal to him and do not represent the position of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.
“In an effort to keep him united to the Body of Christ, we enjoin him to refrain from making further provocative prophecies or utterances capable of heating up the polity.
“We assure the people of God and the general public that the Catholic Diocese of Enugu is taking the due canonical process.
“Finally, we urge all the People of God to continue to pray for peaceful elections and to discharge their civic responsibilities by getting their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and casting their votes in order to elect the right candidates.”