By Paul Akalonu
On Sunday evening, there was an uproar at the Adoration Ministries in Enugu, Nigeria, “AMEN”, following the announcement that Bishop Callistus Onaga had replaced Fr Ejike Mbaka as the Spiritual Director of Amen.
Fr Mbaka, who made the announcement during Sunday Mass, said the bishop had named Fr Anthony Amadi as the new Spiritual Director of AMEN, who would be assisted by other unnamed priests.
“So, while I proceed to the monastery to continue with the remaining disciplinary exercises, as directed; I wouldn’t know how long; but the church has appointed Fr Anthony Amadi, one of us, to be overseeing all affairs of the ministry, to be assisted by other priests, pending my return, by the grace of God,” Mbaka stated.
Mbaka had previously stated that the ministry was not fully opened, and that several programs, such as the weekly Friday all-night adoration, remained stopped until further notice.
Meanwhile, after the announcement, enraged worshipers nearly lynched Fr Amadi, who was present at the Mass. Before AMEN security men got to his aid and brought him to the Father’s house, the enraged throng had already engulfed him.
Mbaka had hardly spoken the new priest’s name when the congregation erupted, yelling “we say no,” “we say no,” “we no gree,” and began brandishing green leaves, causing Fr Mbaka to end the Mass swiftly.
Thousands of faithful had flocked to the prayer facility from all over following an earlier statement that Bishop Onaga had removed the ministry’s restriction.
According to a reports, Fr Mbaka was only permitted to celebrate Mass in the center so that he could personally make the announcement.
It should be noted that Bishop Onaga issued a disguised ban on the furious priest in mid-June 2022.
They were, however, left disappointed by the recent development.