Mbaka, Obi’s al­ter­ca­tion shame­ful, say Catholic bish­ops

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - 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 non­par­ti­san 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.”

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