By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka —THE Founder of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, Anambra State, Reverend Father Emmanuel Obinna, yesterday, denied having any rift with another priest, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, who also runs the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Enugu.Obinna-Mbaka
The social media had been awash with reports that the two Catholic priests preached against each other, thus causing ripples among their followers.
But denying any rift between them, Father Obinna said he was shocked when his attention was drawn to the publications, attributing certain statements to him and Fr. Mbaka, adding that those behind the publications were only interested in destroying the cordial and brotherly relationship between him and his senior priest, Fr. Mbaka.
He said in an interview: “Such a thing never happened. There is no way I will preach against my fellow priest on the pulpit. I have so many things to say, other than ranting and dropping negative statements about my fellow minister.
“Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka is my senior in the ministry and I love him so much, and I pray for him almost on daily basis. Since I was ordained a priest, I have never preached about my fellow priests on the pulpit.
“Maybe it is a strategy to put anarchy and dissension between two priests, but then I am very happy that people who saw the write up did not believe it and my congregation knows what their spiritual director can do.
“All my messages are recorded even on Sundays and it was surprising that they claimed that I made the said statement on a Monday when I don’t hold any public gathering on Mondays.
“I am not competing with anybody; there is no competition in destiny. I am just following my divine call. I respect Fr Mbaka a lot and even in my seminary days, I fought for him to the extent of raising my hand on a fellow seminarian, who dropped a cynical statement about him and because of that, I was penalized by the seminary authority.
“My advice to followers of priests is to know that they are dealing with ordained men of God. I have attained a certain level of maturity in the ministry and I always subject everything to prayer and waiting to hear from the Lord behind the curtain veil.”