Enugu Catholics fast over ‘desecration of altar’ by Father Mbaka supporters
Catholic faithful in Enugu, South-East Nigeria are observing a week-long prayer and fasting to ‘cleanse the desecrated by supporters on Father Ejike Mbaka’ during their recent protest.
The Catholic Bishop of Enugu in Nigeria, Callistus Onaga, has called for week-long prayers over after a cathedral was vandalism by supporters of a controversial priest.
On Wednesday supporters of Father Ejike Mbaka marched in protest to the residence of the bishop, the priest’s superior, after the priest reportedly went missing.
They demanded to see the priest, who had been absent from Mass that day.
The protesters are said to have vandalised the cathedral and desecrated the altar.
“Over and above this, they brutally vandalised the diocesan bishop’s residence, the cathedral parish house and the secretariat building complex,” local media quote the bishop as saying.
The bishop has since called for “atonement and reparation” for the desecration of “the holy altar of sacrifice” by the protesters.
Fr Mbaka’s brief disappearance happened just days after he had called for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over rising insecurity in the country in a widely shared video