I’m Going to the Monastery “under priestly obedience”: Controversial Nigerian Priest

Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The controversial Nigerian Priest who has been asked to go on a month-long spiritual retreat in Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese has said he is undertaking the journey in line with his vow of obedience as a Catholic Priest, to his Local Ordinary, Bishop Callistus Onaga, and to the Catholic Church.

In a Wednesday, October 5 video message Fr. Camillus Ejike Mbaka shared on his Facebook page, the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria  speaks to his followers, whom he describe as “fellow adorers”, urging them “to remain calm and be still”.

“I want to use this opportunity to bless you, encourage you as I depart to the monastery in obedient to my Bishop, His Lordship Callistus Onaga, I am going to the monastery under priestly obedience and I wish to encourage you fellow adorers to remain calm and be still,” Fr. Mbaka says.

 “As a Catholic Priest under the vow of obedience, I must obey the Mother Church,” he further says, and adds, “I have to obey for the sake of Mother Church. I have to obey to save souls; I have to obey to shame the devil.”

He continues, “I believe that this journey to the monastery will bring out something fruitful from me, will bring out something significant, something good and glorious.”


Fr. Mbaka also says in his Facebook post that he sees his journey to the monastery “as something that God is going to use as an instrument for more miracles, an instrument for soul saving, instruments for the glory of God.”

The Nigerian Priest appeals for prayers, saying, “This is a time we shall know real adorers. Please back me with your prayers so that I will go and embark on deeper reflection, sober contemplations and interior waiting on the Lord.”

“I want to assure you that God has plans for us for a future and hope and not of disaster. Use this opportunity to call on God for integral wellness and wellbeing of the adoration ministry that is the apple of God’s eyes.,” he says in his October 5 Facebook post. 

“I wish to inform you fellow adorers that this is not a time to be cantankerous, sorrowful, and angry unnecessarily,” Fr. Mbaka goes on to say, adding, “Stand up in faith and I plead; do not give the devil any opportunity.”

On October 3, various media outlets in Nigeria reported that Fr. Mbaka had been “removed” from the Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria and sent to a monastery. The reports further indicated that Bishop Onaga of Enugu Diocese had appointed Fr. Anthony Amadi to succeed Fr. Mbaka at the spiritual centre. 

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In an October 4 interview with ACI Africa, the Communications Director of the Diocese of Enugu, Fr. Benjamin Achi, faulted the media reports, saying that Fr. Mbaka had not been transferred, and that Fr. Anthony Amadi’s leadership at the Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria would be “in the interim”.

In his October 5 Facebook post, Fr. Mbaka seeks to clarify his status. He says, “I was not transferred. I'm going to the monastery to pray and I will come back. It will not take so long. I will join you. Just pray for me.”

“The ministry is not closed. Adoration ministry is a gift from God. It is a baby of the Holy Spirit. It's the apple of God's eyes,” he further says, and urges members of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria to collaborate with Fr. Amadi whom he describes as a “good man”.

Fr. Mbaka also says, “I have handed over to Father Antony Amadi under the instruction of my Lord Bishop, whom I helped to select.”

“Father Amadi is a very good man. Please work with him, pray with him, love him,” Fr. Mbaka says, and adds, “Please, in my absence, don't do anything that is awful or anything that will in any way, shape or form give the devil any iota of opportunity or glory. Let us not fall into any trap.”


He continues, “I heard some people are planning to protest. I have not asked anybody to protest for me.  And I don’t want to hear that there is any protest done to express anger towards my journey to the monastery.”

“Pray for the Mother Church. Pray for the Diocese of Enugu. Pray for the curia of Enugu Diocese, please,” Fr. Mbaka urges his followers in his October 5 Facebook post.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.