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” Fr. Mbaka’s transfer not a punishment”-Catholic Church
Fr. Mbaka with President BUhari, during a recent visit to the Presidential Villa, Abuja

” Fr. Mbaka’s transfer not a punishment”-Catholic Church

“Posting is a regular thing; a priest can be transferred after two, three, four, or more years, on the Bishop’s discretion.That ministry is his private ministry; it does not belong to the church. Overseeing a parish is a full time job and overseeing a ministry is a bigger task. If the church decides to take him somewhere where he’ll have more time to carry out his ministry, how is it punitive? That should not be the language.

Speaking on behalf of the Church, Secretary-General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev Fr Ralph Madu said transfer of priests was  not meant to be punitive but he was merely sent to a Parish where he would be more useful to the church

He stated further “If he (Mbaka) says it’s a punishment, then it’s open for further investigation.His posting should have been a privilege, not a punishment – which the Bishop can do because he has the power.

“He is supposed to be a missionary, what if the Bishop had closed down the ministry, which is within his power to do? Sometimes, transfers can be for the good of the priest as something can be going wrong which he might not be aware of.

Fr. Madu revealed that Fr. Mbaka had done things that were unacceptable to the church in the past but received no punishments for them.

This was the first reaction of the Catholic Church to the controversy trailing the transfer of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka which had sparks comments including from the All Progressives Congress (APC)


Criticisms had greeted the transfer of Fr. Mbaka out of Christ the King Parish where he had served for over a decade and established the Adoration Prayer Ministry. He is to resume immediately at his new post, Our Lady Parish, Emene.

Stories filled the air that his transfer was a punishment for his support of a Muhammadu Buhari over Goodluck Jonathan.

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