The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria has reacted to report in some quarters that Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has been removed from the Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN).
The National Director of Social Communications, Padre Michael Umoh, Mbaka has not been removed from the Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria (AMEN) but to spend some time in solitude at a monastery on the need for him to hear what the Spirit of God had to tell him.
Umoh, who disclosed this on Monday in a press statement in Abuja insisted that Amaka was still the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry.
The CSN said the clarification was necessary due to a news report that erroneously suggested that Bishop Callistus Onaga had sacked Fr Ejike Mbaka as the leader of the ministry.
Umoh pointed out that Mbaka personally proposed Fr. Anthony Amadi as the interim administrator of the Adoration Ministry while he is away.
He said, “Going by an interview with the Director of Communications, Enugu Diocese, Rev. Fr. Ben Achi, Very Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka was not removed from the Adoration Ministry, as many reports are suggesting.
“Rather, according to Fr. Achi, since it was recommended that Fr. Mbaka takes time away in solitude, in order to listen to what the Spirit of God has to tell him, he was allowed to propose a priest to administer, in the interim, to the faithful at the Adoration Ministry.
“With the approval of his Bishop, on Sunday, 2 October 2022, Fr. Mbaka introduced Fr. Anthony Amadi to the worshippers.
“Unfortunately, some people were still not pleased and would prefer that Fr. Mbaka remains.
“What every true Christian, and especially every true Catholic, should do at this moment is to commit our dear brother and priest, Fr. Mbaka, to God in prayer so that he may, through this moment, encounter God specially, come out stronger and better in recognizing His will for him and gain more graces to channel those rare gifts for His glory and for the sanctification of the people of God and society at large.
“The Church loves Fr. Mbaka and cherishes him as an illustrious son.”