Just in: Rev Mbaka Supporters Destroyed Catholic Church in Enugu

Reconstruction of some parts of Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu, Enugu State, partially vandalised by followers of fiery priest and founder of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, penultimate week, has begun.

The Parish Priest of Holy Ghost Cathedral Parish, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Raphael Ozonwafor, made this known yesterday during the mass at the cathedral.

Mbaka’s followers, believing him to be missing, had vandalised the cathedral and episcopal residence in Enugu penultimate week.

They had stormed the home of Bishop Callistus Onaga of Enugu Diocese, demanding to know the priest’s whereabouts on May 5 and in the process, they destroyed property and desecrated the altar of the city’s cathedral.

Following the shocking incident, Bishop Onaga declared one week of prayer in atonement and reparation, leading to Fr. Mbaka apologising last Sunday to his bishop and to the church after his reappearance.

Speaking after his homily to raise funds for the reconstruction of the cathedral gates on Sunday, Fr. Ozonwafor said reconstruction had taken place at the parish house with over N1.4million spent so far to replace some of the property destroyed.

He added that the most urgent work needed was the replacement of the destroyed gates.

The cleric said: “We’ve spent over N1.4million to replace some of the things destroyed at the father’s house. We’re replacing the cathedral gate. It was not good and we need about N1.5million to replace the gates.

“With the sample we’ve got now, the new gates will last and will be difficult to destroy or pull down. If we had had a strong gate, the incident wouldn’t have occurred. This is because it is when the gates are open for you that you will enter the cathedral.”

In his homily titled: ‘That we may be one’, Fr. Ozonwafor said the incident that happened last time in the cathedral showed that “we’re still divided in the church.

“Even among the bishops, cardinals, there may be such division. That’s why Jesus Christ prayed in the scripture that we as his body might be one.

“In the Church today, we look at people, where they come from: Anambra, Enugu, Mbaise and all that.

“We promote this division by over ambition, jealousy, lack of love and unhealthy competition. That was why Judas Iscariot sold Jesus Christ. This is why we still have Osu caste system in Igboland

“Most of these things start from the home front. Is your family united? Is your family in a position where it is supposed to be?

“When we love one other as prescribed by Christ, we will no longer categorise people and that will mark the beginning of a united church. When we are united, we will conquer any attack from outside.”

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