Catholic Bishops Condemns Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s Attack on Peter Obi

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Bishops of the Catholic Church in Nigeria have condemned the altercation between Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, and Rev. Father. Ejike Mbaka, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu on the issue of the forthcoming 2019 presidential election.

The CBCN warned its members against partisan politics, saying doing such amounted to a contravention of the Canon Law of the church.

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This was revealed in a statement  by the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Father Ralph Madu, yesterday, the Bishops condemned in its totality what they described as shameful embarrassing scenario, contained in a video recording of the event at the Adoration Center place of worship of Mbaka.

He said, “Our concern is for a peaceful election process seen to be free, fair, credible and just. We are for a democratic governance that guarantees peace, justice, equity, development and religious freedom for the common good.

“Mindful of the present charged political life of the country, with the ongoing campaign of political parties gathering momentum, we deem it necessary to again remind all priests and faithful to keep the position of the church on the issue of non-partisan politics.”

The Priest said while the Enugu Diocese where Mbaka is incardinated is taking the appropriate measures on the incident, the Bishops have warned that no Catholic priest or faithful should be involved in partisan politics in obedience to the Canon Law of the church.

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