There are indications that the Spiritual Director of Adoration
Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka will no
longer be in charge and officiate liturgical activities at the
SaharaReporters earlier reported that Fr Mbaka on Thursday
announced in a statement that Adoration Ministry activities
would resume on Sunday.
However, SaharaReporters gathered that drama unfolded
as an attempt to replace Mbaka with another priest by
the Enugu Catholic Bishop Callistus Onaga was resisted
on Sunday as the congregation attempted to mob the
Mbaka had barely announced his successor when Adoration
faithful who had thronged the Emene ground to receive him
after about three months of suspension went wild in protest.
They were shocked by the transfer of Mbaka after months
of suspension and vehemently rejected the new Chaplain.
SaharaReporters learnt that the revolt was soon directed at
the new priest identified as Fr. Anthony Amadi, who had to
be whisked away as the crowd surged to attack him.
Mbaka according to sources will be going to a monastery
for the time being.
Meanwhile, some of the Adoration faithful, who spoke to
SaharaReporters have vowed that no other priest would
be welcome to the Chaplaincy, alleging a gang-up from
certain quarters in the church against Mbaka.
The Catholic Bishop of the diocese, Most Rev Onaga, on
June 3 banned Fr Mbaka from commenting on partisan
Shortly after the initial ban was lifted, Mbaka violated the
ban and verbally attacked Peter Obi, the Labour Party
presidential candidate, describing him as a ‘stingy man’.
Following outrage and condemnation that trailed the attack
on Obi, the Bishop issued a pastoral injunction on
attendance to Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu,
and enjoined all Catholics to stop visiting the ministry till
The Bishop also advised the Catholic faithful to pray for
Onaga had said, “In the light of the happenings in the
Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy Enugu; capable of
undermining the Catholic faith and teachings; and after
several fraternal corrections and admonitions to Fr.
Camillus Ejike Mbaka, the Chaplain of the Ministry; and
after having given him pastoral directives and guidelines
for the Ministry Chaplaincy, which he persistently
“And in fulfilment of my pastoral duties as the Chief
Shepherd with the obligation to promote and safeguard the
Catholic faith and
morals in Enugu Diocese, I hereby prohibit all Catholics
(clergy, religious and lay faithful) henceforth from attending
all religious and liturgical activities of the Catholic Adoration
Ministry until the due canonical process initiated by the
Diocese is concluded.
“My decision is based on the fact that some of the
teachings and utterances of Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka at the
Catholic Adoration Ministry are not consistent with the
teachings and faith of the Catholic Church.”