The Director of Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Achi has dissociated the church from the comments made by Rev.Fr.Ejike Mbaka on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi.
Mbaka had called on the duo to sponsor a project in his church or lose the 2019 election against the All Progressives Congress’ President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking, Achi said “The diocese is not in support of any priest making political statements. “The church is supposed to be apolitical and the Bishops’ conference has said that repeatedly.
“We are not supposed to make any political statements from the pulpit within the context of Mass, that is, church service.
“So, it would be wrong to stand at the pulpit to make any political statements.
“There is a document issued by the Bishops’ conference to that effect.
“So, he just spoke on his own, not representing the diocese.
“We are not expected to come out openly to support a particular candidate for any reason. The church law does not accept such a thing. So, it would be wrong for anybody (priest) to come out and give an endorsement to a particular candidate.”
Peter Obi has however issued a statement calling on Nigerians not to condemn Mbaka, but to pray that God will lead him right.