Callistus Onaga, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, has removed Fr Ejike Mbaka as the spiritual director of the Adoration Ministries in Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN).
Mbaka made the announcement during Sunday Mass, revealing that the bishop had appointed Fr Anthony Amadi as his successor, who would be assisted by other priests whom he did not name.
“So, while I proceed to the monastery to continue with the remaining disciplinary exercises, as directed; I wouldn’t know how long; but the church has appointed Fr Anthony Amadi, one of us, to be overseeing all affairs of the ministry, to be assisted by other priests, pending my return, by the grace of God,” Mbaka stated.
The former AMEN spiritual director had disclosed earlier that the ministry had not fully opened, pointing out that some programmes including the weekly Friday all-night adoration remained suspended till further notice.
“Our Sunday Masses and Wednesdays’ ‘E No Dey Again’ programmes would continue, while others such as Friday all-night adoration remains suspended,” he stated.
However, after the announcement, the new spiritual director, who was present at the Mass, was nearly mobbed by angry worshippers.
Before AMEN security personnel rushed to his aid and guided him to the Father’s House, the angry worshippers had already surrounded him.
After Mbaka mentioned the new priest, the worshippers started shouting: “We say no, we say no,” “We no gree” (we won’t accept).
They then proceeded to carry green leaves, forcing Fr Mbaka to end the Mass quickly.
Thousands of worshippers came from all over to worship with their spiritual director after the prayer center reopened, but they were disappointed. They were depressed as a result of the latest development.
According to reports, Fr Mbaka was only permitted to celebrate Mass at the center so that he could personally make the announcement.
Bishop Onaga banned AMEN for comments made by the fiery priest about Labour Party presidential candidate Mr Peter Obi.