Earlier this year, controversial Enugu-based Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka spoke against former President Goodluck Jonathan, during his Sunday sermon at Adoration Ministry, Emene, Enugu, when he pointed fingers at the ex-president to have led a wasteful government that caused Nigeria many woes; in a recent sermon, the Enugu-based priest has lashed out on President Muhammadu Buhari, blaming him and his cabinet as the cause of the high level of hardship facing the country presently.
Father Mbaka was one of the prominent figures who supported President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 presidential elections and so many did not see this surprise coming, at least, not at this time, but Mbaka insists that he is speaking as the Spirit prompts him.
Mbaka’s sermon which sparked comments across the country focused on economy and here are some highlights:
- Buhari’s advisers are deceivers; nobody is telling him economy is hard.
- I am not afraid to speak; I represent the poor masses in the country.
- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is wrong to call Niger Delta Avengers saboteurs
According to Father Mbaka, President Buhari does not have a clear idea of what Nigerians are going through and nobody around him is telling him the truth, as a part of his sermon reads: “The landlords are crying, tenants are lamenting. Sellers are crying, buyers are lamenting. There is hunger on the streets. Many students are being rusticated out of the schools because they can’t pay for school fees as the school fees are being hiked. Proprietors are distressed. Many companies are winding up. The economy is hard. Nigeria is being attacked ferociously.
“The president should look around him and know people who are advising him and those who are telling him that things are going well. The president should know that there is trouble and if things continue like this, in the next election nobody will vote for him.”
In another part of his speech, the priest said, he is not afraid to speak as he was out to represent the poor masses in the country:
“If the President would have somebody like me and I cannot be talking to him, then there is a problem somewhere. Somebody who can advise you without asking for anything and he is representing the poor masses in the country; he won’t tell you lies. He will praise you when you are doing well and when you are not doing well he will look at your face and tell you.
“People are smelling of suffering. To feed is now a problem and a hungry man is an angry man. Hunger and anger will lead to danger.”
The spiritual director of Adoration Ministry also lent his voice on the Nigeria Delta Avengers:
“It is a pity that the vice president Yemi Osinbajo called (Niger Delta) Avengers saboteurs. Go to Niger Delta today, the place where the oil that has been sustaining this country has been coming out from: No good water, no farmland, no road, no industry.”
– ‘Seyifunmi Adebote for encomium.ng