The Catholic Diocese of Enugu, has kicked against Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka’s recent political utterances, describing them as divisive.
Mbaka, the Director of Catholic Adoration Ministry Chaplaincy, Enugu, had lashed out at Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, whom he described as stingy, and would never smell the seat of the President.
According to Mbaka, it was better to have an old man as President than a “stingy man”
Reacting to the statement on Wednesday, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, disassociated itself from Mbaka’s statement.
Bishop of Enugu, Rev Ernest Obodo, in a statement, said Mbaka’s comments contravene the canon 220 of the 1983 code of Canon Law which prohibits anyone from illegitimately harming the good name of a person.
He said Mbaka’s inflammatory political utterances were divisive and his views were entirely personal to him and do not represent the position of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.
The Bishop, therefore, warned Mbaka to refrain from making further provocative prophecies or utterances capable of heating up the polity.
”We assure the people of God and the general public that the Catholic Diocese of Enugu is taking the due canonical process.
”Finally, we urge all the People of God to continue to pray for peaceful elections and to discharge their civic responsibilities by getting their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and casting their votes in order to elect the right candidates. May Our Lady, Queen of Nigeria, intercede for us,” he added.