Yesterday the Awareness wrote about Father Mbaka's outburst at the bazaar being held at the Adoration Ministries in Enugu, during which he tried to extort a donation from the PDP Vice presidential candidate Peter Obi. For more on that, you can click here.
Since then Nigerians have responded en mass and especially on Social Media and the preponderance of the posters have chastised the controversial Priest's behaviour.
Peter Obi himself has been more forgiving and finally broke his silence by responding:
“Please let us leave Fr. Mbaka alone; our duty to him is prayers for God to lead him aright,” Obi said, according to a statement from his media aide, Val Obienyem.
“While one may disagree with him, we should always acknowledge that he speaks and acts from the higher perspective of wisdom.”
Obi, who noted that he had a reverend sister and a reverend father as elder and younger siblings respectively, added: “I have full respect for men of God and will always remember them in my prayers. When they go wrong as humans, subject to human frailties, ours is not to castigate them, but to pray to God to lead them aright.”
Describing donations to churches as an “appreciation of God’s love and benevolence to us, Obi said, “they attract more rewards when done secretly.”
Obi maintained that in every situation there would be something positive to learn from, adding that Mbaka had always spoken from the “higher perspective of wisdom.”
Meanwhile, many Nigerians have pointed to the August 9th letter by the Federal council of Catholic Bishops which clearly spells out the appropriate behaviour for her Priests and officials when it comes to political endorsements.
There is no doubt that Father Mbaka is in direct violation of these set rules and how the church responds will be of great interest to not just the members of the Catholic church but to Nigerians in general.