The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev’d. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has opened up on why he publicly demanded money from the vice presidential candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi and other politicians during his ministry’s annual harvest and bazaar last weekend.
He stated this at his Adoration Ground on Friday in response to criticisms over a video that went viral wherein he was seen trying to compel Obi to disclose how much he would donate to his church project.
Mbaka had told the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that God hates stinginess and that if he continues to act in such a manner, he and the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, would lose woefully come election day.
He has now come out to tackle those criticising him over what transpired at the thanksgiving event, reminding them that “God deserves money”, and that he first finished celebrating the mass before calling for donations for projects by the Adoration ministry.
The fiery priest explained that he demanded money from Obi, a former governor of Anambra, in the open because he wanted the process of donation to be open and transparent.
Following the criticisms that have trailed his approach, he vowed to return all the funds to the donors, asking them to send their account numbers for refund.
Mbaka said, “We do it outside, publicly because if I am silent, rumours will begin to spread that someone gave me $10m and why did Mbaka keep quiet?
“They will abuse me even if I am silent because anytime they want to attack this ministry, they will start somewhere.
“If I am silent they will attack, if I talk, they will attack it. And don’t forget that the liturgy was not tampered with. I finished the mass and even removed my priestly attire. No one can fault me on that.
“Everyone who came was blessed but they turned it against me, saying I am after money. God deserves money. If you don’t want to bring your own in your stinginess, hold it. I will give God all that I have and even if anybody wants to join them, you’re free to join them.
“Where God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are, there Fr. Mbaka will be. I will build this place for the church. Whoever felt insulted, I apologise. But I didn’t come to your house. It was you who came for the bazaar.
“As for me, I am in high spirits. I want to assure you, those who are thinking that it is their money we will use to build this ministry, before the end of tomorrow, I will send all their monies into their accounts.”