- Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has been chided by the bishop of Catholic Diocese of Yola, Most Reverend Stephen Mamza
- The bishop queries why Reverend Mbaka has not been sanctioned by the bishop of the latter's diocese
- Most Reverend Mamza wants Reverend Mbaka to be sanctioned for crossing his boundaries
Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Yola, Most Reverend Stephen Mamza, has lambasted Catholic priest of Enugu Adoration Ministry, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, describing the latter as "an embarrassment to the Catholic church".
The bishop made the assertion in an interview published in Punch newspaper of Sunday, January 27, in which he said he wondered why Mbaka has not been sanctioned.
Legit.ng gathers that Bishop Mamza said the bishop controlling Mbaka's diocese should make sure he cautions the latter, adding that Mbaka has really crossed his boundaries.
He said: "Rev Father Mbaka is an embarrassment to the Catholic Church and I wonder why he has yet to be sanctioned by the Bishop of his Diocese. This cannot happen in other dioceses. He should be sanctioned.
"There is no reason why he shouldn’t be sanctioned. Every priest is under the jurisdiction of their local ordinaire who is the bishop. If a priest commits a crime or does something wrong anywhere in the world, the person that acts on that priest is the bishop.
"Even Rome will not act just like that; it is your own bishop that will do that. I think we can say that his bishop should make sure he cautions Father Mbaka because he has really crossed his boundaries"
Reacting to political partisanship of some religious leaders in the country, Mamza said: "The problem we have is that some of our clerics are hungry religious leaders, those not there for the service of God but because of their pockets. If not, why should a religious leader allow politicians to control him.
According to him, a cleric is supposed to be the leader of the politicians and not the other way round, as it is seen in Nigeria.
He added: "The clerics are the ones that are supposed to form the conscience of the politicians. Some have ceded this position because of material things. They have lost their credibility because of what they expect to get.
"I can give examples with the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has rules and regulations. But there are many other religious bodies that do not have guiding principles. These are the bodies that allow their leaders to go beyond the limit that is acceptable."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari and controversial Catholic Priest, Ejike Mbaka, on Monday, January 28, held a meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The reverend father recently asked Nigerians to support the president in order to continue the war against corruption.
Mbaka made the call in his New Year prophetic message for 2019. The priest said a president fighting corruption deserves the people’s support.
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