- Controversial Catholic priest, Father Mbaka has announced he is embarking on a one-month prayer retreat
- During the retreat, members of the ministry have been directed to pray in their homes as there will be no activities in the church
- Mbaka's decision to embark on a retreat follows an earlier directive by the Catholic leadership that he should close the ministry for one month
Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, the spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), has reportedly announced a one-month shutdown of the church.
The Nation reported that the Catholic priest made the announcement in a notice on Tuesday morning, May 11.
The statement notes that the private prayer retreat will end on Thursday, June 10.
Legit.ng notes that Father Mbaka's decision follows his earlier statement that the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Calistus Onaga, planned to close his ministry and keep him for 30 days.
The controversial cleric said the Catholic church leadership told him he would remain indoors for a period of one month to enable him to pray and meditate over his activities.
He said this when addressing the members of his ministry after an allegation that he was missing sparked a protest on Wednesday, May 5.
The Catholic leadership had reportedly summoned Mbaka over his recent comments concerning Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and his connection to the presidency.
Father Mbaka apologises
Meanwhile, Father Mbaka has apologised and begged the Catholic Church to forgive him over his mistakes in recent times.
The controversial clergyman has been in the news following his spate with the presidency. The issue escalated when supporters of the cleric attacked the official residence of the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese over the rumour of his (Mbaka’s) disappearance.
However, Mbaka during a sermon on Sunday, May 9, pleaded with Callistus Onaga, bishop of Enugu Diocese, to forgive him and his followers for their actions.