Catholic church reacts to Father Mbaka's political statement

Catholic church reacts to Father Mbaka's political statement

- Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigerian (CBCN) has distanced itself from the political statement of one of its members, Father Mbaka

- The conference said, contrary to Father Mbaka's gaffe, Catholic remains apolitical church and does not support any political

- The church also noted the challenges being faced by Nigerians and urged them to pray to God for God-fearing leaders

Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigerian (CBCN) says the Catholic church does not support any candidate or subscribe to ideology of any political party in Nigeria as 2019 general elections approach.

NAN reports that the secretary-general of CBCN, Reverend Ralph Madu, made the statement at a news briefing on Thursday, December 6, in Abuja.

Legit.ng gathers that Madu said CBCN condemned in totality the declaration made by the founder of Adoration Ministry in Enugu state, Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka.

Mbaka, at mass on Sunday, December 2, declared that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar would fail in 2019.

The priest made the declaration following the refusal of the PDP's vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to publicly announce a donation to his ministry.

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The CBCN secretary said: “The Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and the Catholic church in Nigeria denounced the scenario and also not in support of any priest making political statements.

“As teachers of the faith and morals, we have the serious obligation to educate the faithful on their roles in the political life of the country.

“We have observed that the political atmosphere is very tense and also noticed the political realignment that is taking place.

“We wish to use this opportunity to make it clear again that the Catholic church remains ever apolitical and does not endorse or subscribe to any political party.

“No priest is expected to come out openly to support a particular candidate for any reason.

“The Church law does not accept such a thing. So, it would be wrong for a priest to come out and give an endorsement to a particular candidate.

“Our concern is for a peaceful election process seen to be free, fair, credible and just; and a democratic governance that guarantees peace, justice, equity, development and religious freedom for the common good.”

The CBCN warned all priests and religious leaders to desist from giving the impression that the Church was in favour of one candidate over another or one political party over another.

He added: “We are aware of the difficult times faced by the nation and as people of faith, we must work hard and also pray hard for the future of the nation.

“We entrust Nigeria into the hands of God and implore him to improve the situation in our country."

The CBCN prayed God to intervene in the life of Nigeria once again so that Nigerians would enjoy true peace, justice and prosperity.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ejike Mbaka, Catholic priest and spiritual director of the Adoration Catholic Prayer ministry, Enugu, had predicted that President Muhammadu Buhari and the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, might lose 2019 presidential election

The respected cleric said this during the 2018 harvest and bazaar celebration at his Adoration Ground in Emene.

He also argued that it was the prayer on Adoration altar that made Buhari the president in 2015.

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