Fresh facts emerged yesterday on why the fiery Catholic priest and founder of the highly regarded Enugu-based Adoration Ministries, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka, last week warned the electorate not to vote for the candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, in the forthcoming February 14, 2015 presidential election.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the Catholic priest was nudged by the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria to prophesy that the re-election of President Jonathan would spell disaster for the country.
A usually reliable source said that for some time now, the Catholic community has been nursing grudges against the president following insinuations that he has been parleying with the Anglican Church, while neglecting the Roman Catholic Church. President Jonathan is said to be an Anglican.
It was gathered that the leadership of the Catholic Church choose Fr Mbaka to make the statement given the fearless way he had spoken out against oppressive regimes in the past, which nearly cost him his life during the administration of former Enugu State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, after assassins shot him at close range.
However, it was also gathered that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), had sent a powerful delegation to Enugu on December 31, 2014, to woo Fr Mbaka to support his presidential ambition.
A source close to the meeting said Fr Mbaka’s speech came few hours following the meeting with Buhari’s delegation.
LEADERSHIP recalls that when recently President Jonathan’s wife, Patience, worshipped at the Adoration Ministries ground located at Ijineke Emene in Enugu East local government area, Fr Mbaka urged Ndigbo to support the second term bid of her husband.
LEADERSHIP further gathered that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was rankled over Fr Mbaka’s advice to Ndigbo to vote for the PDP presidential candidate, hence he was allegedly ordered by the leadership of the Catholic community to warn the electorate that voting for the incumbent president would spell disaster for Nigeria.
Delivering a message entitled, “From Goodluck to Bad Luck” at the Adoration Ministries ground on New Year’s Eve, Mbaka said that when the first lady Dame Patience Jonathan visited the Adoration Ground recently, he had conducted a spiritual exercise by lifting four birds to fly, but the fourth and most healthy of the birds refused to fly.
Mbaka revealed that he did everything to make the fourth bird to fly but it refused to fly, and God ministered to him not to worry the bird any further.
The cleric expressed regret that in the annals of Nigeria’s history, there has not been a time the country recorded so much bloodshed like the current administration.
Mbaka recalled that the whole country had looked forward for a leader who would give jobs to the teeming unemployed youths, provide mass education, electricity and maximum security and industrialize Nigeria in anticipation that oil will one day melt away.
“There emerged a Goodluck and Goodluck met face to face with Yar’Adua and Yar’Adua died. When Goodluck met Yar’Adua, Yar’Adua had bad luck and died. Goodluck met our oil; our oil had bad luck and melted away. He met our
Naira, our Naira had bad luck.
“Where are we? What is the fate of this country? Do we continue with bad luck? Many civil servants did not go home with December salary. What did they use to celebrate Christmas?
“By December 5, the children will go back to school. The parents are expected to pay their school fees. Are they going to use their urine to pay? Are they going to use stool to pay school fees,” queried the fiery Catholic priest during his ministration on December 31, 2014.
Fr Mbaka called on all prophetic voices in the country to speak up, saying that even those who have been bought over should speak up because of the destiny of our children.
He said: “What is kidnapping? Kidnapping is the grandson of unemployment. Boko Haram is the grandson of unemployment, mass looting and corruption. As it stands now, Jonathan should resign. The Goodluck of Jonathan has become bad luck to Nigeria.
“In few months to come, many people are going to lose their jobs.
“During elections, Jonathan will answer Azikiwe and Ebele to become an Igboman. After election, the Azikiwe and Ebele will vanish. Look at our federal roads built by Buhari and Babangida. The continuity of Jonathan means disaster to Nigeria. We need change,” Mbaka had said.
Expressing worry about the future of the children, the cleric noted that they are being admonished to go to school and yet the government schools are not functional.
He warned that Nigeria was like an egg waiting to be broken in the hands of President Jonathan, but said such would not be allowed it to happen.
Mbaka lamented that pastors have become vultures and hawks around Jonathan, eating the porridge of Jacob and selling their prophetic rights, adding that some are turning Naira into dollars and flying them out of the country in private jets.
Noting that anointing is now merchandise in Aso Rock, he said the men of God telling Jonathan to continue, should question their prophetic anointing.
He continued: “When a man is eating well and his children are hungry, is that man still a father. When a mother is dressing well and eating well and her children are naked and hungry, will you say she is still a mother?
“Any moment from now, they will start telling us that this person is a Christian, this person is a Muslim. I am not campaigning for anybody. I am filled with tears over what is happening in Nigeria. The way Nigeria is going now, Goodluck’s office, let another take,” Mbaka said.