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Mbaka vs. Peter Obi: The Catholic Church must cease using devotion to promote personality cults — Archbishop Kaigama

The Catholic Church, according to Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, will fight any attempt by a priest to participate in a ‘personality cult’ in the name of devotion.

Kaigama was responding to the issue surrounding Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, following his recent comments against Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP.

Mbaka has accused Obi of being stingy, and as a result, he would not be able to run for President of Nigeria in 2023.

The fiery-speaking preacher, on the other hand, later apologized for his remark after the uproar.

Kaigama reacted by urging Catholic priests to use their position of respect among followers to ensure Nigerian unity, peace, and love.

“Priests should not let the Mass to become an occasion for theatre, exaggerated inculturation, or words that are solely political or banal,” the Archbishop remarked in his homily at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Abuja. At Mass, people come to Jesus to be spiritually nourished by the word and the bread of life, and to be rejuvenated for the long, difficult trip to heaven.

“As a result, recognised Catholic ‘adoration facilities’ in Nigeria should genuinely be for adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, not where a priest tries to build a personality cult by careless and insensitive statements and drama.”

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