Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s youth wing in Enugu condemned the group’s disputed assertion that “tension in Enugu over preparations to transfer Fr. Ejike Mbaka, the spiritual director of the Adoration, Enugu, Nigeria on a course outside the nation” was the cause of the unrest.
The pan-Igbo group disassociated itself from the OYC on Thursday, claiming Mbaka was being sent on a lengthy course abroad and his Adoration Ground would be turned into a seminary school. The statement was signed by the president and secretary of the Ohanaeze-Enugu chapter, Prof. Fred O. Eze and Dcn. Malachy Chuma Ochie.
The group stated that it is not a religious organization and does not become involved in disputes regarding religion. It further stated that anybody involving the group in such situations should stop from doing so.
Recall, Mbaka is currently suspended from activities of the Catholic Church for making political assertions.
The statement reads “The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State, has been drawn to a statement currently making the rounds on social media, and purportedly issued by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC), regarding the volte-face between Rev. Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka and the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.
“The statement, which was signed by the duo of Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and
Obinna Achionye as president and recretary respectively, is not only misleading but also scandalous; and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State, strongly condemns it and hereby dissociates itself from the statement.
“For the avoidance of doubt, OYC is not known to Ohanaeze Ndigbo and to that extent is an impostor and does not have the authority to speak in the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo at any level.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is not a religious organization; and to that extent does not involve itself in matters bordering on religious denominational disagreements.
“It is, therefore, embarrassing and mischievous for any group of people to hide under the banner of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to meddle in matters that have no bearing to the mandate of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.”
Ohanaeze said the Catholic Church is ‘a respected global institution with well-established internal mechanisms for resolving its own problems’, adding that, “We, therefore, urge our people to disregard the statement by the nondescript OYC. Ohanaeze Ndigbo will not hesitate to seriously sanction any group that would henceforth bring the organization to public ridicule.”
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