Spiritual director of Adoration Ministries, Enugu Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka has apologised to the Catholic Church over the invasion of the Enugu Catholic Diocese bishop’s court and the Holy Ghost Cathedral by his supporters.
Speaking at the adoration ground in Emene on Sunday, Mbaka said the church did not kidnap him and apologised to people who may have misunderstood his statement when he resurfaced in Enugu.
“I wish to apologise to whoever misunderstood my statement at New Haven. I didn’t clap for anybody for destroying anything,” Mbaka said.
“I am here standing on your behalf and I render my sincere apologies to the Holy Roman and Apostolic Church where I belong and say may the mother church forgive us in any way we didn’t do it well even in all that I said, where I didn’t say it well, we pray for their forgiveness.
“I am on your behalf, kneeling down for the church and I say may the church forgive. What has happened has happened, we are to save the image of the church and the face of the church and the souls of the son of God.
“People started going in and breaking things… Igbos, Hausas and Yorubas, Catholics and non-Catholics.
“The church is not my property. I belong to the church so I am asking my Lord, Bishop Onaga and all the priests of Enugu diocese and for everybody to rest the case.”
The priest said the protest was hijacked by hoodlums who unleashed mayhem on the church, adding that he and his congregation would participate in the week-long prayer for reparation which the bishop declared over the destruction.
Mbaka’s supporters went violent after the priest disappeared days after criticising the Buhari administration.