*Go ahead, report me to Pope, Mbaka tells APC
*Yes, I met Buhari for contracts but…
Father Ejike Mbaka, Nigeria’s fiery Catholic preacher and seer, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being taciturn amid chaos in the country because his family members are safe.
In a rapid staccato of questioning, the priest railed against Mr Buhari.
“Is the president calm because his children are not dead? Is he calm because his wife is still alive? Is he calm because those who are dying are not Nigerians?
“Is he silent because he is dumb and cannot talk? Why is the president quiet in the midst of the evil going on in the country? Shall he continue like this, and we are watching?” Mr Mbaka stated.
The Catholic priest stated this, among other things, in last week’s viral video that drew the ire of the Presidency.
In his tirade, Mr Mbaka lambasted Mr Buhari for always going overseas for medical care and appearing aloof amid the country’s ubiquitous killings and kidnappings.
Presenting Mr Buhari as inept and taciturn, the clergyman stated, “Students being kidnapped from universities, and there is leadership. It is either they are involved in it, or they should stop it.”
On the president’s habitual foreign medical trips, Mr Mbaka said, “Listen, I repeat it again: is it not shameful that a president of a country will be sick and there is no hospital in the whole country to treat him, and he will fly out?
“If other Nigerians are sick, will they fly away? Do you have the money?”
Formerly an avowed supporter of Mr Buhari, the displeased preacher revealed he would now be supporting fugitive IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.
Addressing the allegation in his Sunday sermon, Mbaka said, “When they talk about giving Fr Mbaka contracts, I don’t want to talk about that because it is a laughable, childish accusation. Whoever is saying that is a shame to himself and shame to the people he is representing.
He however said he never stood to gain anything personally from the contract, which he said was “contract of securing the country.”
Mbaka last week asked Buhari to resign, calling on the National Assembly to resign if he fails to resign over worsening insecurity.
The Presidency fired back, alleging Mbaka started attacking Buhari because his quest for contracts was turned down.
The presidency, in a statement by Garba Shehu, alleged: “Father Mbaka asked for a meeting and to the shock of presidential aides, he came accompanied by three contractors.
“The President graciously allowed them in, and to everyone’s surprise, Father Mbaka asked for contracts as compensation for his support.”
But the cleric said it would be “stupid to be attacking a messenger of God,” stating the three persons he took to the presidency were white men who he didn’t know.
In his sermon on Sunday, Mbaka said the meeting was during Buhari’s first term and not recently as being insinuated.
Addressing thousands in his congregation in Emene, Enugu state, Mbaka said the white men in question were in Enugu to request his assistance in reaching the President.
According to him: “When they talked about giving Father Mbaka contracts, I don’t want to talk about that, I was laughing. It is a laughable, childish accusation. Whoever is saying that is a shame to himself and shame to the people he is representing.
“The three men he talked about, I am not here to defend anybody’s stupid allegation but God used that man to tell the world that Buhari’s government is not giving me money.
“Shehu, may God bless you for telling everybody that you are not giving me a contract. And these are the three men that we brought that will handle insecurity for the country; they had the gadgets. The white people had the facilities. That was during the first administration.
“They said they will help them in conquering insecurity. They had the platform to end insecurity in this country under one month; under Abba Kyari. I just handed them over to the government people. They denied them of these.
“I don’t even know these people. They just came to Enugu and said, can I help them reach the government, that the level of insecurity in this country and how Nigeria has been shipping their oil out, refining and bringing them back, that we are losing.
“That they have all it takes to revive the oil apparatus in the country and get the whole youths employed and the issue of insecurity will die. These are the three people they rejected their offer, since they know how to talk.”
He berated the presidency for not having a “reward mechanism”.
“All the people they have been giving contracts, are they better than me? Am I begging them, do they know how many people I feed? Fortunately, they reported that they denied me of the contract — which contract?”
“And even the people they are talking about that went there, I didn’t even discuss one percent of ‘if you get this contract’; contract of securing the country? What am I going to gain from it?
“They have shown that they don’t have what they will call, reward mechanism. If Shehu is a human… I don’t even know who the Shehu is. He should be apologising that by now, they have not come down to say nagode Allah for surviving whatever they are passing through.
“The last person this administration should fight is Father Mbaka talking here because if they speak against me, the anger of heaven will be upon them and how they will end will shock everybody.”
He dared the All Progressives Congress (APC) to report him to Rome as threatened.
“If Rome hears that Father Mbaka is challenging evil governance, Rome will clap for me, so quickly go to Rome,” he said.
“Why I don’t want them even to report this to Rome is because if pope hears the extent of my involvement, they may give me a position I may not like you want to report Messi to FIFA that he plays too much ball? They will make him soccer ambassador.”
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