The Catholic Church has distanced itself from the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry , Enugu, Rev. Fr . Ejike Mbaka , over his perceived politically charged statements .
In a video that has since gone viral, Mbaka was seen telling the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , Peter Obi , during the annual harvest and bazaar celebration of the church on Sunday, that neither the PDP presidential candidate , Atiku Abubakar , nor President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress , would win the 2019 presidential election .
Addressing Obi in Igbo , Mbaka said , “( Former ) governor , listen, so that we won ’t be deceiving God . As you are standing in the presence of these children of God , tell God what you will do for Him … It means you don’ t want to do anything for God .
“Let me believe in fear , but this is a political statement . God hates stinginess . What I am saying is not for your pleasure . I am saying what will save your life , otherwise, you and Atiku will fail .
The way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame. ”
But the Director of Communications , Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Fr . Benjamin Achi , in an interview with
The PUNCH , said the diocese was not in support of the cleric ’s remarks .
When asked if Mbaka was still a member of the diocese , Achi said , “He is .”
He , however , noted that it was wrong for priests to make political statements from the pulpit .
Achi said , “The diocese is not in support of any priest making political statements .
“The church is supposed to be apolitical and the Bishops ’ conference has said that repeatedly .
“We are not supposed to make any political statements from the pulpit within the context of Mass, that is , church service .
“So , it would be wrong to stand at the pulpit to make any political statements .
“There is a document issued by the Bishops ’ conference to that effect .
“So , he just spoke on his own , not representing the diocese .”
“We are not 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 anybody ( priest ) to come out and give an endorsement to a particular candidate .”
Achi noted that if necessary , disciplinary action against Mbaka would be carried out by the priest ’s administrative head .