The whereabouts of the spiritual director, Adoration Ministry, Enugu Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka has raised tension among the Catholic faithful and the public.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide claimed on Wednesday that Mbaka’s whereabouts could not be ascertained.
“We are giving the Federal Government 48 hours to produce the priest, else they should be ready to face Igbo youths. They were dining and wining with him all along and now that he told the truth, they are no longer comfortable with him,” the group said in a statement.
“Let nothing happen to Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka. It will not be in anybody’s interest.”
Mbaka’s followers have also gathered at the residence of the Catholic bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Callistus Onaga.
According to the protesters, Mbaka has not been seen since he said he was going to the bishop’s house on Tuesday.
A former presidential aide Reno Omokri, who has been critical of the priest, tweeted that Mbaka could have been arrested.
“Reverend Father Mbaka has very strong honesty issues that he has to resolve with His Maker. However, I am against any arrest or attempt to infringe on his freedom by the @MBuhari regime. Reports of his arrest by unknown gunmen, if true, are condemned. #FreeMbakaNow!!!” he wrote.
But the Department of State Services said it did not arrest Mbaka.
“He (Mbaka) is not with the DSS, please,” DSS spokesman Peter Afunnaya said.
Mbaka recently criticised the Buhari administration which he has supported since 2015. He had called on the president to resign or be impeached over the state of the nation.