The spiritual leader of the Adoration Ministry in Enugu, Nigeria, Reverend Fr. Ejike Mbaka, issued a warning to politicians not to attend his event unless they are willing to make financial contributions.
Mbaka, made this remarks during one of his church programs, indirectly referenced his previous criticism of Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, whom he had called “stingy” during last year’s event.
Despite apologizing to Obi later, he emphasized that the upcoming bazaar’s focus is on substantial financial contributions and urged attendees not to bring negativity or refuse to participate. He also encouraged banks with which they have relationships to contribute, acknowledging the support of Fidelity and Zenith banks in the past.
In his words, “On 12th November, we will have a bazaar. At least once in a year, you show appreciation to God. Come along with all our friends. Don’t come with someone who will be bad luck for us.
“Or someone who will come here to make trouble. Or someone who will come here that day and refuse to break cola.
“What we have that day is giving money to God. If you know you wouldn’t want to participate in it, don’t come.
“But if you say no and would want to make trouble for us because you know the way to the Bishop’s house or anywhere else, you will only meet trouble at the end of it.
“I can’t understand how someone would come for a bazaar and refuse to break cola and a Rev Father would be asked to go and apologize to him.
“And it’s being told as a story. The one who’s right then becomes wrong and vice versa. Let it not happen again, because if someone tries it again, he will be forced to beg for food with empty plates in the street.
“Anyone that will put us in trouble again, there’s nothing he puts hand on that will progress. You don’t need to be told that God is in our midst here. So if any makes trouble with us, he’s finding God’s trouble. If you put your hands in whatever that will happen to me, you will be embarrassed.
“You may not know the one I’m worshipping but I know him.
“All the banks we have relationships with should come and do something for God in the bazaar. If they don’t come, it means they don’t want our relationship again. Yes, it’s business.”