Enugu, Nigeria, May 10, 2021 / 13:19 pm
Fr. Camillus Mbaka, whose followers, believing him to be missing, vandalized the cathedral and episcopal residence in Enugu last week, apologized on Sunday to his bishop and to the Church.
“I am, on your behalf, kneeling down for the Church and I say may the Church forgive. What has happened has happened,” Fr. Mbaka said to his supporters May 9 while saying Mass at Adoration Ministry. “I am asking my Lord Bishop Onaga and all the priests of Enugu diocese and for everybody to rest the case.”
Fr. Mbaka, 54, is the founder of Adoration Ministry. He was ordained for the Diocese of Enugu in 1995. His ministry’s Facebook page has more than 2,600 followers.
His followers stormed the residence of Bishop Callistus Onaga of Enugu demanding to know the priest’s whereabouts May 5. They destroyed property, and desecrated the altar of the city’s cathedral.
Fr. Mbaka resurfaced hours after his followers stormed the episcopal residence demanding to know the priest’s whereabouts, as they thought he had gone missing.
The protesters claimed that Bishop Onaga had invited Fr. Mbaka for a meeting on May 2 and since then, Fr. Mbaka had not been seen.
Fr. Benjamin Achi, communications director of the Enugu diocese, described the alleged disappearance of Fr. Mbaka as “misinformation” in an interview with ACI Africa.
“He has resurfaced at 2:40 p.m. after a mob attacked the bishop's house this morning destroying lots and lots of things,” Fr. Achi said in reference to Fr. Mbaka.