Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has issued an apology to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate Peter Obi for his words at a Bazaar thanksgiving service of his Adoration Ministries in Enugu.
Mbaka had asked Obi to tell the congregation the project he’s going to take up for the ministry. Peter Obi had said he’ll discuss that with Mbaka and the congregation will see his donation.
Mbaka later on told Obi, who is the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, that he’s telling him to make a donation because “God hates stinginess” and if Obi doesn’t make his donation public, him and Atiku will fail.
Watch that video below:
Following the news, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) released a statement frowning at Mbaka’s action and urging all priests to stay away from partisan politics as stated in the church’s Canon Law. The statement also added that the Enugu Diocese is handling the issue.
Apologising to Obi, Mbaka said in a new video:
I wish to apologise humbly to the former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi, who came her on Sunday for Bazaar. In any way, shape, or form, my utterances and actions on that Bazaar, induced, initiated or prompted derogatory remarks, criticism, unhealthy attack to his personality. I didn’t intend any of this…. I never meant to insult him or bring his political career down. My intention is simply to support the work of God.
If my actions exhibited misdemeanour or any unhealthy attitude that provoked himself and those who love him that brought about this verbal attack, I’m asking whoever was or is, or will be hurt, to please, please and please, to forgive me.
Mbaka also told his congregation to keep focus on Christ, who they worship and enjoined them to “cease fire” and “stop fighting back.”