Earlier today, Nigerians woke up to an escalating rumour of the disappearance of the popular revered spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Ejike Mbaka.
The outspoken clergyman was reportedly last seen on Tuesday, days after calling for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari owing to the rising state of insecurities in the country.
Tension however was doused after Mbaka reappeared later today to the waiting hands of hundreds of concerned parishioners at the Adoration ground in Umuchigbo Nike, Enugu.
Mbaka said the authorities of the Enugu Catholic Diocese were behind his ordeal.
According to him, “I was summoned by the Bishop who intended to hold me captive for 30 days.” Mbaka disclosed that some allegations were levelled against after which the Church leadership, led by Bishop Calistus Onaga informed him that he would have to remain indoors for a month to allow them to intercede in prayers on his activities.
Mbaka revealed that one of the allegations against him was that he supported and blessed the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Declaring before the crowd, Mbaka declared, “Do you own my mouth? You can’t dictate to me who I bless with my mouth? If you are not happy that I blessed someone, you have your own mouth, you can curse the person,”
The clergyman stated that all his efforts to convince them to release him turned on deaf ears, but he was eventually allowed to go due to the escalating concerns over his whereabouts.
Recall that a mass protest was already being organized by followers of the clergyman and concerned youths in the community due to his vanishing. The President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, said every effort to trace him had failed.
Mbaka, however, returned in a vehicle a few minutes past 2 pm and received by his supporters and well-wishers.