Father Mbaka Saga: I’ll Close Adoration Ground if…. - Cardinal Okogie

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Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, in a new interview with Vanguard blasted Enugu-based Catholic priest and founder of Adoration Ground, Father Ejike Mbaka's statement that members of his congregation should reject President Goodluck Jonathan in the general elections. Excerpts:

How do you see the statement credited to Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka?
Any serious priest will not speak the way he spoke. I am not saying that he is not serious. I will not agree with the things he said. According to what I read in the newspapers, a few weeks earlier, the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, visited his Adoration Ground in Enugu and he prayed for her. At that occasion, he was said to have lambasted the opposition party, APC, and now to turn around overnight and start lambasting President Goodluck Jonathan shows that there is something wrong somewhere.

Personally, I felt bad because it is not the place of a priest to go to that extent. He can have his personal opinion, but to go to the extent that he went is abnormal. I want you to know that he wasn’t speaking for the church. He said he was moved by the spirit, and I wonder what kind of spirit was that.

He said he was under the inspiration of the spirit. If he was under the inspiration of the spirit, I wonder if the spirit is that of God. I don’t think the spirit he’s referring to is the spirit of God. He must have been under the influence of another spirit. He must have been listening to a wrong spirit.

Is the statement not embarrassing to the Catholic Church as a whole?
Indeed, it is. But I must say to you that he was not speaking on behalf of the church. No! No!! No!!! Anybody with such opinion is in error. The man cannot hold brief for the church. Pardon me, but how can I say you are bloody fool and anybody takes that to mean that all journalists are bloody fools. It’s very funny.

In a situation such as this, what does the Catholic Church do?
Well, the Catholic Church is structured in such a way that there are dioceses where each priest belongs. This particular priest happens to come from Enugu Diocese, so it is left for the bishop in charge of that diocese to discipline him. If the priest fails to obey the discipline, then the bishop is obligated to report the mother to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN.

You may have heard the Bishop of Abuja Diocese, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who said that if the priest were to be in his diocese, he would discipline him straight. But he is not in his diocese. The best anyone of us can do is just to advise him that he had gone too far and he is free to take our advice and he may not. God gave every one of us a free will and we are at liberty to use the freewill as we choose.

What kind of sanction can be given to such a priest?
It depends on his bishop. You cannot dictate for his bishop. Don’t forget that this same man was at loggerheads with a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamanni, and it was the same Adoration Ground in Enugu. If I have my way, we should close that place because a lot of things have been happening there that are out of tune. I think Gov. Peter Obi also went there for prayers at one point. If I have my way, I won’t go there for anything….

Your advice for politicians who are currently jostling for votes….
One of them came out publicly recently to say that if you are a politician and you cannot tell a lie…how then that anyone wants to go into politics? If they can openly say such a thing, it means they have been deceiving the people all this while. So, I don’t really know.

Any good politician must, first and foremost, must have the fear of God in him. A responsible politician, irrespective of the office you are vying for—because they say whatever has a beginning must have an end—must begin by developing the fear of God in him because by and by your tenure will eventually come to an end.

It’s because of greed that most of them are clamouring for second or more terms. Any politician that has finished his first term and is asking for a second term, there is something wrong with him. If we look at it critically, after four years what is he clamouring for a second term for? I cannot understand Nigerians. Some of us are damn greedy. They don’t have the fear and respect for the down trodden.
Now they are up and about the whole place…they can even lick your boot now because they are canvassing for votes, but as soon as they get the votes they begin to show you pepper. They don’t regard the poor citizens that are out there; forgetting that someday and one day they may return to the status quo.

Whatever has a beginning must have an end. This is the time you get them talking but they won’t look at their manifestoes, but because they want to get to power they are going to everybody. Some of them have come to me here and I told them off: one of the first thing you’ve got to do is get religion off your mind because it is like putting petrol in a fire. You don’t mix politics with religion and some people came to me, saying, ‘Look at the situation in Lagos, what are we going to do?’ What are you going to do? Are they your God? Do they own the nation? The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Any clergyman that mixes religion with politics is finished including their church because they will not be spared.

Politicians are taking their campaigns to churches. Is it a healthy development?
It is not! They should keep religion out of politics. Don’t forget each person has his or her own mind. During harvest, you have the priest and the assistant priest and you go out to invite another priest to preach, that will affect what I am going give, because I have already made up my mind on what I am going to give. They come to church to canvas for votes.

It should not be allowed by anybody. I don’t really know what to do because this election, hmm hmm hmm, I am afraid. Imagine their utterances! Look at what Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) said about Shariah in 2011, that is what they are harping on now in 2015. Why? When did you hear about Shariah last? This kind of thing is annoying.

Look at the recent campaign launch that produced over N21 billion. Where did they get the money from when people are hungry? No water. No electricity. No roads. I just wonder what kind of government we have in this country. These are all corrupt persons and they will want me to cast their vote for them.

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misterjohn at 07:31 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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i can only say mmmm mmmmm with you my oga
beneno at 07:41 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
stephen153 at 07:51 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Fr Mbaka should go back to catechism classes
Henrybobo at 07:55 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Baba y ü de envy father mbaka
morgrawl231 at 08:06 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Allow Mbaka plssss,,,,
Lateef67 at 08:33 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Pastor kai
donkagawa at 08:52 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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The truth is bitter, Rev mbaka u hve spoken well
Kennycynth at 08:58 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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only God knws
ogechukwu23 at 09:06 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Please the should leave Fr Mbaka alone
EmekaBlue at 09:17 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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leave politics and spread d goodnews Reverend
chealseafc at 09:50 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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what is wrong with a priest applying wisdom in his speech?. he should have apply wisdom not to escalate violence. if he a muslim cleric talk as he just did in the north, the whole nigeria will be on fire.
Ritabrenice at 09:57 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Well I'd rather say dat d priest should do the work of christ and leave all these political stuff alone
elchymo at 10:23 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Nigerians are in trouble...i hv spoken Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
dareper at 10:29 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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This mbaka has bitten off more than he can chew
Dereknosh at 10:36 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Reverend Mbaka did not lie. He spoke the truth. If he had lied, a lot of people wouldn't be bothered. We don't need preacher that are always scared of speaking the truth. Father Mbaka is being hated for his mind.  I respect him for that. A lot of pastors can't speak their mind
ajeactor at 11:12 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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Quote from: Henrybobo on 07:55 AM, 11/01/2015
Baba y ü de envy father mbaka
shut up b4 d holy spirit shut it 4 u.
emmanuelokek at 11:18 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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okogie or wot ia a coward, wots wrong in wot mbaka said, he said his mind just like every oda nigerian
emmanuelokek at 11:25 AM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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mbaka is not forcin any body 2 vote any body, he just made his voice heard by pple just like every oda so called men of God shud be doing,  okogie rest ur mouth shut b4 holy spirit strike u 4 condenming a priest like u
proly at 01:32 PM, 11/01/2015 (4 years ago)
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