Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - “No Catholic priest or people of consecrated life should be actively involved in partisan politics in obedience to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church ” says a statement issued by the Bishops Conference of Nigeria, signed by Fr. Ralph Madu, Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) with the title “2019 General Elections: Catholic Church Remains apolitica”.
The statement became necessary following an argument at the Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria AMEN Centre, between the founder Fr. Ejike Mbaka and Peter Obi, candidate for Vice presidency for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
“The Bishops condemn in totality, the shameful scenario on an Adoration Ground, as contained in the video recording that has gone virile on the social media; and say without reservation that the reported incident does not the support of the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria” the statement says. “As has always been our stand, the Catholic Church in Nigeria, as clearly stated in the August 7, 2018 directives, remains apolitical and does not support or subscribe to any political party. Our concern is for a peaceful election process seen to be free, fair, credible and just; and a democratic governance that guarantees peace, justice, equity, development and religious freedom for the common good of all.”. While we are sure that Enugu Diocese, where Fr. Mbaka is incardinated is taking the appropriate measures on this reported incident, we wish to categorically reiterate that no Catholic priest or people of consecrated life should be actively involved in partisan politics in obedience to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church. Also, liturgical ceremonies must never be used as an occasion for political campaigns.” concludes statement. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 13/12/2018)