After hearing that Bishop Callistus Onaga had replaced Fr. Ejike Mbaka as the Spiritual Director of Amen, chaos broke out at the Adoration Ministries in Enugu, Nigeria, on Sunday evening.
The new Spiritual Director of AMEN has been appointed by the bishop, according to Fr. Mbaka, who personally announced the news during the Sunday Mass. He will be supported 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.
The weekly Friday all-night adoration, among other programs, was still suspended until further notice, Mbaka had earlier noted, indicating that the ministry had not yet resumed operations in full.
According to him, “our Sunday Masses and Wednesdays’ ‘E No Dey Again’ programs would continue, while others such as Friday all-night adoration remains suspended”.
Fr. Amadi, who was in attendance at the Mass, was almost lynched by enraged worshipers after the news. Before AMEN security guards sprang to his assistance and led him to the Father’s house, the enraged throng had already engulfed him.
Fr. Mbaka was forced to abruptly end the Mass before he had even stated the name of the new priest when the crowd broke into shouts of “we say no,” “we say no,” and “we no free” and began holding green leaves.
Following an earlier widespread report that Bishop Onaga had removed the ministry’s ban, thousands of believers flocked to the prayer center in a frenzy from all over.
However, the most recent development left them depressed.
According to a source who spoke to our reporter, Fr. Mbaka was only permitted to celebrate Mass at the center so that he could personally make the news.
It may be recalled that Bishop Onaga had denounced a covert ban on the fiery priest in the middle of June 2022.
He had only declared that all Catholic adherents, clergy, and religious were officially forbidden from attending any AMEN programs, a Catholic ministry established and directed by Mbaka.