The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has suspended Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Assembly from church operations for one month.
Mbaka was summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop, and was asked to continue on suspension with effect from May 3.
According to PeoplesGazette, Bishop Onaga summoned Mbaka after his frequent clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and cautioned him that his behavior was tarnishing the church’s reputation.
Onaga and other senior reverend fathers of the Enugu Diocese recognised that Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry as an independent congregation that does not fall directly under the main church’s control, he could still be reined in as a priest under the Roman Catholic’s certification.
Church sources said Mbaka’s latest suspension was being viewed as significant for its undertone, but not the first time the fiery priest would face administrative action.
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“We know people will link this to his confrontation with Buhari, but he was once demoted from a parish priest to a deputy under a parish priest,” a church official said.