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Father Mbaka’s followers on rampage after Catholic church suspends him over row with Buhari

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The Catholic Diocese of Enugu has suspended Father Ejike Mbaka from church activities for one month, Peoples Gazette can reports.

This follows the controversial priest’s political escapades that continually overshadow his theological obligations on a scale that nurtures unending concerns amongst his senior clerics.

 

Mr Mbaka was asked to proceed on suspension with effect from May 3 after being summoned by Callistus Valentine Onaga, the diocesan bishop.

 

 

Mr Onaga called Mr Mbaka following his repeated clashes with President Muhammadu Buhari and warned that his conduct was smearing the image of the church, the largest of any Christian organisation worldwide, church officials familiar with the matter told The Gazette.

 

Mr Mbaka sparred with Mr Buhari’s aides in a series of verbal fireworks that included the Nigerian presidency threatening to blackmail the priest as a political jobber and public contract racketeer. Mr Mbaka denied the allegations.

 

Still, Mr Onaga and other senior reverend fathers of the Enugu Diocese were compelled to step in and mitigate the unfolding public perception tumult that could have far-reaching consequences for the conventional but unofficial church and state relationship.

The church leaders recognised that Mr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry as an independent congregation that does not fall directly under the main church’s control, he could still be reined in as a priest under the Roman Catholic’s certification, officials said.

Following his suspension, Mr Mbaka returned to his ministry that lies north of the outskirts of Enugu city centre, where he subsequently incited his members against the bishop, sources said.

Mr Mbaka’s followers claimed without evidence that he was kidnapped by Mr Onaga and handed over to the State Security Service. They subsequently marched on the premises of the bishop on Wednesday morning, looting and destroying assets therein.

The mob also descended on the Holy Ghost Cathedral, again looting and destroying items in the building. The members also went to town to allege that the SSS had arrested Mr Mbaka — generating widespread media reports despite lacking requisite corroboration. The Gazette did not publish the claim.

A spokesman for the SSS denied taking Mr Mbaka into custody or coming in any contacts with him when reached by The Gazette, contrary to his followers’ rumours.

A spokesman for the diocese did not immediately return a request seeking comments. Mr Mbaka’s line was switched off when dialled by The Gazette on Wednesday night.

Before falling out with Mr Buhari recently, Mr Mbaka was an ardent supporter of the president. He endorsed his campaign in 2015 and claimed his blessings played a role in its success.

But as Mr Buhari’s regime failed to tackle acute poverty and insecurity, Mr Mbaka said he was compelled to speak up and distance himself from his regime, describing it as evil and satanic and calling on the president himself to vacate office.

Mr Buhari’s controversial spokesman Garba Shehu subsequently issued a statement, claiming Mr Mbaka’s comments were out of anger for his unsuccessful attempts to corner lucrative federal contracts. The priest denied the allegations but confirmed that he recommended a group of security contractors to the president whose proposals were not acted upon.

Church sources said Mr Mbaka’s latest suspension was being viewed as significant for its undertone, but not the first time the fiery priest would face administrative action.

“We know people will link this to his confrontation with Buhari, but he was once demoted from a parish priest to a deputy under a parish priest,” a church official said. “He had also been transferred from bigger parishes to smaller ones for his frequent infractions in the past.”

Still, church officials admitted Mr Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry has been a cash cow for the Enugu Diocese, even though it was built by Mr Mbaka and not directly under its control.

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 Makinde assures igangan of Good Security

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…….Visits families of victims,says he will empower local security, vigilante groups
Oyo State Governor ,Seyi Makinde On Tuesday, declared the he would do eve within his power to safeguard the lives of residents of the state in order to prevent a recurrence of violent attacks on igangan and other communities in the state ..
Governor Makinde made this declaration in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government, where he visited the families attacked , stating that the state would employ local security guards and vigilantes to ensure that insecurity becomes a thing of the past in Ibarapa Land.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor,Mr Taiwo Adisa,indicated that Governor Makinde ,Who was in Igangan with top government functionaries and the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly ,Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin,deplored the loss of lives.
While speaking with the people of Igangan,
The Governor added that the government has been able to identify areas of lapses and implore the people to give his government the opportunity to address the situation and put in place the right architecture that will enable them to return to their normal lives without fear.
Governor Makinde ,Who promised that his government would work through the sad situation, together with the people of the community ,stated that “it is the last time such a bad occurrence would take place in Igangan.
“I urge you to give me that chance to make the issue of insecurity here become a thing of the past. Don’t take laws into your hands .We have identified where there are lapses and we supposed to be going to our farms by now because of the favourable weather. But hold me accountable ,I have nowhere to go not until we put things in place,which we think would work with time.
“It is not a situation where there is any magic we can do ,We have to work through this and work together through it. But I promise you,this is the last time anything like this will ever happen here. It is a promise I am making to you,and it is a promise I will come through with.
Governor Makinde urged the people of Ibarapa not to take laws into their hands and console all the families that lost their loved ones to this attack and give the government opportunity to resolve it and make the place better for them all.
[6:59 PM, 6/9/2021] Boss Work: 1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (middle); Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Debo Ogundoyin (right); Commissioner for Trade, Industry, Investment and Cooperative, Mr Adeniyi Adebisi (second left); representative of Awolowo Family, Mr Olumide Oyediran (left) and Onido of Ido, Oba Muritala Gbolagade during the commissioning of rehabilitated/refurbished Ilaju Garri Processing Factory, Ilaju in Ido Local Government Area. PHOTO: Oyo State Government.

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“I will not celebrate my 58th birthday”, see TB Joshua’s last words before his death

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“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7

On Saturday 5th June 2021, Prophet TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything – time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service.”

God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.

As Prophet TB Joshua says, “The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it”.

Prophet TB Joshua leaves a legacy of service and sacrifice to God’s Kingdom that is living for generations yet unborn.

The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family.

Here are Prophet TB Joshua’s last words: “Watch and pray.”

One life for Christ is all we have; one life for Christ is so dear.

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Nigerians must imbibe peaceful coexistence, religious harmony, says Makinde as Sanusi Lamido visits gov

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The governor, who spoke at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, during a visit by the former Emir of Kano, Sheikh Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who now leads the Tijaniyya Islamic Sect of Nigeria, said that without peace, justice and harmonious living, development may elude the country.

 

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as praising the former Emir for being courageous to champion the course of peace, unity and harmonious existence at this critical time in the nation’s history.

The governor said: “In the South-West, we are so interconnected religious-wise that there is no family you won’t see a Muslim or a Christian in there.

 

“It, therefore, comes to nothing for any vested interest to want to divide us using religion.

 

“I usually tell my people here that those who think they can create divisions among us using religion should look for better things to do because it will not work in here.

“Just as we in Yorubaland have learnt to live peacefully together, I will recommend that you preach religious harmony to all parts of Nigeria, because that is a win-win situation for us all.

“As you journey through the country, preaching peace, in your role as leader of the Tijanniya Islamic Sect, please endeavour to always impress it on our people to imbibe religious harmony.”

The former Emir of Kano, Sheikh Sanusi, in his speech, told the governor that he was in the state to meet with members of the Tijaniyyah sect.

He said that he has taken it as his duty to do everything within his powers to preach peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

According to him, the Tijaniyyah sect, which he now leads, has a 70 million strong population, adding that the sect will continue to work for peace, unity and development in Nigeria.

Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion include the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Debo Ogundoyin, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Bayo Lawal and the chairman, Oyo State Advisory Board, Senator Hosea Agboola.

Others were Islamic clerics and top government officials.

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