CONTROVERSIAL clergyman Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has announced the closing down of his Adoration Ministry in Enugu for a period of one month to allow for a period of reflection and the cooling down of the political temperature.
Last week, Reverend Father Mbaka disappeared for 24 hours because he was detained by the Enugu Catholic bishop Most Reverend Callistus Onaga for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari. Reverend Mbaka, the spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign because God is angry with him over the widespread killing of innocent people across Nigeria.
His disappearance created widespread tension in Enugu, forcing Bishop Onaga to allow him to go after seeing the protests that ensued. Once word got out that Reverend Mbaka was detained by the bishop, his parishioners marched to the Bishop’s Court where they destroyed properties and also at the Holy Ghost Cathedral.
In a bog to calm tensions and take the heat out of the situation, Reverend Father Mbaka has informed his members that he will be proceeding on a one-month private prayer retreat. His ministry issued a statement last night saying that the period began from yesterday.
An Adoration Ministry spokesman said: “Our spiritual director, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka wishes to inform his beloved adorers that he has embarked on a private prayer retreat that will end on 10th June 2021. Consequently, no ministry activities shall be held in the ministry ground pending his return.
“He directs that members of the ministry are to observe this period of his retreat as they used to do during the usual January breaks of the ministry, by praying at their homes, being charitable and fasting according to their ability. Adoration, Holy Spirit is our power.”