The spiritual director of Adoration Ministries Enugu Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka has apologized to the catholic church for the embarrassment his action might have brought upon them.
The controversial clergyman also asked for the forgiveness of the bishop of his diocese, Callistus Onaga noting that he has made a mistake with some of his actions.
Mbaka apologized during his sermon on Sunday where he also condemned the action of some of his supporters who attacked the diocesan cathedral on Wednesday when his whereabouts was unknown for some hours.
The cleric also warned his supporters against violent acts, saying they shouldn’t take laws into their own hands.
“I can’t disobey them church — who am I? How can somebody who has been serving the church for 25 years come out to begin to fight the same church. Everything in my life is for the church,” he said.
He also denied that he was kidnapped by the church, noting that his statement at New Haven was misunderstood and misinterpreted by some people.
“I wish to apologize to whoever that misunderstood my statement at New Haven. I didn’t clap for anybody for destroying anything.
“I am here standing on your behalf and I render my sincere unalloyed apologies to the Holy Roman and Apostolic Church where I belong and say may the mother church forgive us in anyway 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 we cannot lose my soul because of what has happened,” he stated.
Mbaka further noted that he didn’t authorize the destruction of properties but the protest by his supporters was hijacked by hoodlums who then went ahead to destroy public properties including those of the catholic church.
“People started going in and breaking things both 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 prayer of reparation we will join, I didn’t send anybody to destroy anything I have no problem with anybody and I can’t disobey the church — who am I? How can somebody who has been serving the church for 25 years come out to begin to fight the same church,” he noted.
Meanwhile, no fewer than twenty-eight persons have reportedly died in a boat mishap in Niger State.
Reports reaching Naija News revealed that the casualties were recorded during the weekend when the boat conveying a hundred persons from Munya Local Government Area of the state to Shiroro hit a stump of a tree 50 metres to its destination.