The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has said the clash between the Vice Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi, and Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries in Enugu was shameful.
In a statement on Thursday by the Secretary-General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, CBCN warned its members against partisan politics.
Madu stated that doing such amounted to a contravention of the Canon Law of the church.
He maintained that the stand of the Catholic Church that priests should remain apolitical and must not support or subscribe to any political party has not changed.
Madu said: “Our concern is for a peaceful election process seen to be free, fair, credible and just. We are for a democratic governance that guarantees peace, justice, equity, development and religious freedom for the common good.
“Mindful of the present charged political life of the country, with the ongoing campaign of political parties gathering momentum, we deem it necessary to again remind all priests and faithful to keep the position of the church on the issue of non-partisan politics.”
He also disclosed that the Enugu Diocese is taking appropriate measures on the incident.