In what many would regard as a total turn-around and a sort of surrendering, the vocal catholic priest, Reverend Father Mbaka has apologized and begged the Catholic Church to forgive him over his mistakes in recent times.
He said he was sorry for his statement which was misunderstood to be in favour of the violent protest by his supporters.
The apology read in part: “I wish to apologise for whoever that misunderstood my statement. I did not clap for anybody for destroying anything. I heard that the search for Father Mbaka was hijacked; people joined and started breaking things.
“I am here standing on your behalf and I render my sincere, unalloyed apologies to the Holy Catholic 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, I pray for forgiveness. I am on your (the worshippers) behalf, kneeling down for the church and I tell the church, forgive.”
According to reports, the cleric reaffirmed his loyalty to the Catholic Church and also cautioned his supporters against violence. He noted that he has been serving the Catholic Church for 25 years and never intends to go against the organization.
Meanwhile, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, the metropolitan Catholic archbishop of Abuja Diocese, says Father Ejike Mbaka violated his oath the moment he dabbled into partisan politics. Kaigama stated this while commenting on the Father Mbaka/presidency saga. Speaking to the press at a conference on the 2021 World Communications Day celebration, Bishop Kaigama reminded Mbaka of the Canon Law 285. He reportedly explained that the law prohibits the clergy from engaging in anything that is strange and unbecoming to the Catholic clerical state.
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