TO the Editor: It is with a sense of grief that I write to condole with the families of the 14 unfortunate souls who met their untimely and tragic death recently on the grounds of a popular weekly religious programme which is conducted every Wednesday by Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka
, a clergy man in the mould of Zambia 's
disgraced Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo.Regrettably, the unfortunate fate of these worshippers who came to the grounds to seek the face of the Almighty vis-à-vis the tribulations and frustrations of everyday life in today's Nigeria, has become a veritable instrument in the hands of ambitious politicians, always eager to eke out political capital from the woes and misery of the common man.Who says these selfish elements genuinely empathise with the victims?It is difficult to come to terms with the untoward zeal with which they have been quick to drum up vile propaganda to obfuscate the concrete issues and, in the process, conveniently cover up their own tracks.
Being a Catholic myself, I am naturally concerned that the Catholic Church as a great social institution has unwittingly allowed itself to be used as a pawn in the chessboard of elements whose motives and interests are far from being altruistic.It beats one hollow the unbecoming conduct and partisan statements that have issued forth from Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, the controversial exorcist priest and host of the adoration services.He
calls himself "a priest, a prophet and a king" whatever that is supposed to mean.He
goes further to label Governor Chimaroke Nnamani a "murderer" and Vice-President Atiku Abubakar a "liar" and "fraudulent" leader.As far as he
is concerned, Nnamani should discard any ambition of a second term since he
would lead a campaign to ensure that Catholics who constitute 75 per cent of the population of the state vote against him in the next election.
Clearly, Rev. Father Mbaka
has given himself out as a politician with quite some ambition.It is either that he
is positioning himself for the office of governor of Enugu State
is working for a candidate of his
choice.Either way, this might not have been out of place, except that he
is abusing the platform of the pulpit.This is patently unacceptable, even reprehensible.The leadership of the Catholic Church ought to be able to call the priest to order, failing which they should show him the way out so he
can concentrate full-time on his