Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has replied to comments made by the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr. Ejike Mbaka, concerning Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.
Recalling Mbaka sparked anger by referring to Peter Obi as a “stingy man” and stating that he will not be elected President until he kneels before his ministry.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, reacted to this by saying Mbaka should depart and sin no more. He also pleaded with Obi to forgive him, saying that the cleric requires prayers, psychological, and spiritual support to recover.
The statement was as follows:
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has praised the Enugu Diocese of Catholic Church, led by Bishop Onaga for the prompt disclaimer to the inflammatory and unwarranted assault on the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, and a Catholic brethren, Mr. Peter Obi.
“We were not surprised that Fr. Mbaka acted as a machinery of doom paid by a South-East Governor to sow seeds of discord in attempting to halt a celebrity status of Mr. Peter Obi and his National acceptance as a unifying Presidential candidate for Nigerians.
“Mbaka is human bound to make blunders and needs our prayers, psychological and spiritual assistance to bounce back, and we know that the Enugu Diocese of Catholic Church has cautioned him privately to refrain from political pronouncements.
“Go and sin no more Fr. Mbaka. We implore Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, to find a way to forgive Mbaka. To err is human, and to forgive is divine.
“Nigerians are watching keenly and waiting patiently for more paid agents from Southeastern Nigeria hired to do the campaign of calumny against the new Nigeria’s movement, ‘Take Back Nigeria Mantra’, led by the millions of Nigerians for Mr. Peter Obi.”