Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Assembly was suspended by the Catholic Diocese of Enugu for one month upon claims that his recent activities against President Muhammadu Buhari were smearing the church.
Mbaka it was learnt was told to suspend his activities and go into a one month isolation when he was summoned to meet the diocesan bishop, Callistus Valentine Onaga.
according to the Peoples’ Gazette, Mbaka was summoned after his latest brush with President Buhari administration over contract controversy.
It was widely reported by several media outlets in the country that Mbaka led some three contractors to meet President Buhari during which he broached that they be given a contract on security.
Though Mbaka operates an independent ministry outside the control of the Catholic Church, Onaga and other senior clerics in the Enugu Diocese claimed that his activities and identiy as a priest made him still a subject of the church and hence he was suspended.
Church sources told People’s Gazette that the suspension was against the background of claims that Mbaka’s latest suspension was not his first brush with clerical authorities.
“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.
“He had also been transferred from bigger parishes to smaller ones for his frequent infractions in the past.”
Report has it that following his meeting with the bishop and the fact that he had disappeared that tension was raised in Enugu as his followers took to the streets and descended on the bishop’s quarters.
Mbaka was eventually released leading to the calming of the tension in Enugu.
The Department of State Services, DSS had earlier denied social media charter that the controversial cleric was picked up by its operatives following his call on President Buhari to resign from office or be impeached from office on account of his reported inability to manage the country.