The spiritual director of Adoration Ministries Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has apologised to the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Callistus Onaga and the entire church over the attack and destruction of the Bishop’s court at the Holy Ghost Cathedral by his supporters.
Mbaka also apologised for his mistakes, saying he has an unalloyed respect for Bishop Onaga.
The fiery priest, while cautioning his supporters against violence, maintained that the church didn’t kidnap him and apologised to whoever misunderstood his first statement when he reappeared at New Haven.
Mbaka, who spoke while delivering sermon on Sunday at the Adoration Ground, Emene, said he was misquoted in the first statement by people who want to cause problem between him and the church.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that Mbaka’s supporters stormed the Bishop’s Court last Wednesday, protesting and demanding the whereabouts of the priest after he was not seen for some hours.
While delivering the sermon, Mbaka alleged that the protest was hijacked by some hoodlums who capitalised on the protest to unleash mayhem and to dent the image of the church.
He said, “I wish to apologise to whoever that misunderstood my statement at New Haven. I didn’t clap for anybody for destroying anything.
“I am here standing on your behalf and I render my sincere unalloyed apologies to the Holy Roman and Apostolic Church where I belong and say may the mother church forgive us in anyway we didn’t do it well even in all that I said, where I didn’t say it well, we pray for their forgiveness.
“I am on your behalf, kneeling down for the church and I say may the church forgive. What has happened has happened we are to save the image of the church and the face of the church and the souls of the son of God we cannot lose my soul because of what has happened,” he stated.
“People started going in and breaking things both Igbos, Hausas and Yorubs, Catholics and non Catholics.
“The church is not my property I belong to the church so I am asking my lord Bishop Onaga and all the priests of Enugu diocese and for everybody to rest the case.”
He promised to join in the prayer for reparation as given by Bishop Onaga over the incident.
“The prayer of reparation we will join, I didn’t send anybody to destroy anything I have no problem with anybody and I can’t disobey the church — who am I? How can somebody who has been serving the church for 25 years come out to begin to fight the same church,” he said.
Mbaka said he was praising his parishioners for going in search of him and that he was not in support of the destruction that he alleged were carried out by hoodlums that hijacked the protest.
He said, “What I was praising you for was not for anything destroyed. I was praising you for your ability to search for your missing pastor.”
While stating that his parishioners prevented hoodlums from destroying the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral, Mbaka enjoined them to go in search of any missing priest that goes missing.