The Catholic Church of Nigeria has maintained it’s position on Catholic priests meddling in Politics. It stated that the canon law of the church prohibits priests from participating in partisan politics.
This was triggered by the face-off between famous Catholic Priest, Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, the Spiritual director of Adoration Ministries, Enugu and former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Peter Obi who is currently a running mate with presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar under the People’s Democratic Party.
Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu while addressing journalists at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday said the Catholic Church was not happy with the row between one of it’s own and a politician and has issued a directive to the appropriate quarters to take neccesary actions.
“While we are sure that Enugu Catholic Diocese, where Fr. Mbaka is incardinated, has or is taking appropriate measures on the reported incident, we wish to categorically reiterate that no Catholic priest is permitted to be involved in partisan politics.”
“All liturgical ceremonies must never be used as an occasion for campaigns ahead of 2019 political activities. Catholic church remains apolitical and would never support or subscribe to any political party.”
“Our concern is for peaceful election process, seen to be free, fair, credible and just, and a democratic governance that would herald peace, justice, equity, development and religious freedom for the common good.”
Fr. Mbaka has been controversial in the last dispensation of politics over his constant involvement in partisan politics. The most recent was his online embarrassment of former Governor Obi during the church’s last Bazaar.