Mbaka, Obi Altercation Shameful – Catholic Bishops |The Republican News

Friday Olokor, Abuja


The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has described the recent altercation between the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, and Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries in Enugu as shameful.

The CBCN, therefore, warned its members against partisan politics, saying doing such amounted to a contravention of the Canon Law of the church.

This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the Secretary-General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu.

Madu said the incident did not have the support of the CBCN.

According to him, the stand of the Catholic Church on August 7, 2018 that priests should remain apolitical and must not support or subscribe to any political party has not changed.

He said, “Our concern is for a peaceful election process seen to be free, fair, credible and just. We are for a democratic governance that guarantees peace, justice, equity, development and religious freedom for the common good.

“Mindful of the present charged political life of the country, with the ongoing campaign of political parties gathering momentum, we deem it necessary to again remind all priests and faithful to keep the position of the church on the issue of non-partisan politics.”

He explained that while the Enugu Diocese is taking appropriate measures on the incident, “no Catholic priest or faithful should be involved in partisan politics in obedience to the Canon Law of the church.”  (Punch)

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FG Playing ‘Double Standard’ With Killings – Catholic Bishops |RN


Catholic Bishops of Nigeria

Fred Ezeh, Abuja

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has accused the Federal Government of being biased in the management of farmers/herders’ crisis.

The clergymen alleged the systems and laws of Nigeria protect herdsmen, making farmers more vulnerable to endless attacks.

They expressed fear that peace and unity of Nigeria might collapse if the federal government fails to take urgent action that would give justice to all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religious differences.

Its President, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, in a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, specifically accused the Nigerian Police Force and other supporting security agencies of being “accomplices” in the recent attacks in Plateau State communities which claimed over 200 lives.

He vehemently condemned the bloodshed and asked the police to speedily arrest perpetrators of the crime; for prosecution.

“We are extremely worried about the ‘double standards’ being applied by the police and other security agencies anytime the herdsmen are attacked and killed.

“In the latter cases, the police reacted swiftly and the law promptly implemented while otherwise is the case with the earlier.

“Howbeit, it is in the best interest of Nigeria’s peace and unity that the same swiftness and treatment be applied to all cases.

“If the president cannot keep Nigeria safe, then, he automatically loses the trust of the citizens.

“He should no longer continue to preside over the killing field and mass graveyard that Nigeria has become.”

The Catholic bishops condoled with families who have lost loved ones and the destroyed communities in Plateau state.

They encouraged the bereaved to be steadfast and law-abiding and allow the authorities the opportunity to carry out investigations. (The Sun)


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