Religion is the greatest menace plaguing Nigerian society. Surprisingly, our problem is not even politics but religion. Some religions are raising cult groups, fanatics, and extremists, those that can kill and cause mayhem and would not mind clearing off entire mankind or go any length in the fight and defense of their religion.
When we talk about religious extremism and fanaticism, people cast their minds first to the Islam religion but surprisingly, Islam is not the only religion with some sects being fanatics and extremists; some Christian religious groups are arguable raising extremists who if care is not taken will soon start taking up arms to cause havoc all in the name of fighting for their god, fighting for their leader or in defense of their church.
Some Christian religious leaders are raising cult members, feeding their minds, and feasting their souls with adulterated doctrines of the Christian faith, some have turned some of the followers into violent extremists waiting to explode at any slightest opportunity.
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What happened in Adoration ground on Sunday is a recent case study on how some of the Christain religious groups if not bridled may blow up into terrible violent groups who can do anything, “anything” in defense of their leader or church.
The protest that was staged on Sunday by the members of the adoration ministry or “adorers” (as they are fondly called) for the fact that the higher authority of the catholic religion in Enugu state decided to call the adoration ministry spiritual director to order should be a cause to worry about.
Background to the story: Adoration Ministry is a religious group that was founded by Father Ejike Mbaka and is located in Enugu State, Nigeria. Father Mbaka as he is famously called is fond of getting involved in politics and telling his followers who to vote and who not to vote during the elections period, sometimes, he publicly insults politicians and lays curses on them in his church before the worshippers.
The story goes that he (Mbaka) had an unsettled score with Mr. Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra state and a presidential hopeful under the platform of the labour party and he (Mbaka) got a wind that Peter Obi is contesting for the presidency, he launched a verbal attack on Peter Obi, he stated before his worshippers that Peter Obi is a stingy person and cannot be Nigerian President that a stingy man cannot be a Nigerian president.
Mr. Mbaka, during his weekly ministration service, last Wednesday is quoted to have said emphatically that Mr. Obi will never be the president of Nigeria come 2023 because Obi is a “stingy man who does not give out money to people.”
He said unless Mr. Obi returned to his ministry to apologize for refusing to make a donation to the ministry when he was asked to do so, his ambition to become president of Nigeria would be fruitless.
Many Nigerians, especially the youths who have been the major advocates of Mr. Obi’s emergence as Nigerian President come 2023 severally called out and criticized Mr. Mbaka over his comment on Obi.
The Enugu Diocese of the Catholic church first disassociated themselves from the comment of Mr. Mbaka and the Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Callistus Onaga subsequently banned Catholic members from attending activities of the Father Mbaka ministry until further notice.
The worshippers of the chapel launched a heated protest on Sunday, protesting against the Bishop, some are even threatening to Kill the Bishop and Kill Peter Obi and some can be heard boldly praying that the Holy spirit should kill the Bishop.
The fact that a Christain religious group can stage a heated protest against the superior head of their organization for the reason that the superior called their leader to order is troublesome. One will be forced to ask what doctrine are they being taught in their place of worship because the Bible I also read which is the handbook of the Christain religion states:
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God”- Romans 13:1.