Fiery Catholic priest and founder of Adoration Ministries Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari to either live up to his responsibilities or be thrown out of power shamefully.
He told Buhari to forget running for a second term, but to retire after his first tenure in 2019.
The cleric had previously predicted that former President Goodluck Jonathan would lose the 2015 election. As a result of the prediction, Mbaka was subjected to verbal attacks by those sympathetic to the former President’s cause, including some leaders of the church.
Mbaka, who was one of Buhari’s staunch supporters in the run-up to the 2015 general elections against Jonathan, in a New Year message on Sunday night, lampooned the President for deviating from the purpose for which God brought him to power.
His words: “So, Mr. President, as I was waiting on the Lord, I’m asked to advise you, don’t come out for second tenure. After this, retire peacefully. Mr. President, you are the cause of your own problem. God gave you an adviser, a wonderful mentor, a visionist, a matriarch, in the person of your wife, Aisha, but you don’t want to listen to her.
“That woman is heartbroken because she understood that you are not yourself. Come back to yourself or you will cry by the time you will be sent out of office. So, those who are encouraging you to come out and run again, they want to disgrace you shamefully and publicly.”
Mbaka, who said that God chose Buhari to become the President of Nigeria, insisted that Buhari was not the only person God has chosen, who did not fulfill the purpose.
He said: “Some of us may begin to ask, but why did God choose Buhari at all? God has His reasons; when He chose Saul, He had His reasons, but at a time he rejected Saul, that is God for you. Jesus chose Judas, in His divinity He chose Judas as an Apostle, the same Judas betrayed Him and another person took Judas’ office; you can see the message is not sweet.
“The same God chose Goodluck Jonathan during the oil boom. Had Jonathan invested well, then Nigerians won’t be suffering what we are suffering now; even in his hometown Otuoke, go to Niger Delta, there was no impact of governance, nothing. That’s why God pushed him out.
“Mr. President, if you don’t want to be pushed out, you have to wake up. So, God who chose Buhari, it is for a purpose. At a particular time in the life of Jonah, the whale swallowed him; at that time Jonah could not prophesy, he could not do his prophetic duty again; that is how Buhari’s vision was swallowed.”
In a lengthy message, read out to his followers, Mbaka also accused Buhari of not listening to the counsels of his wife, Aisha.
Rather, he said that the President has been sucked in by the cabal at the presidency, who has ensured that Buhari does not see what happened in Nigeria.
Mbaka alleged that the President has been kidnapped by a dangerous cabal who is thwarting the president’s “goodwill” for Nigerians and subjecting them to untold hardship.
He warned Buhari to sit up immediately by changing those holding him in captivity or be changed.
According to Mbaka, “The Lord says captive Nigerians will be speedily rescued. The hardship is not from God; they are man-made. The wicked cabals and satanic agents in this country have wickedly kidnapped the goodwill and good intentions of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“President Buhari must wake up and sit up immediately. Heaven demands Buhari, our President, to change all those who are holding and caging him in captivity. If he will not change them, he will be changed. Mr. President, wake up, sit up! God said you are toying with the privilege given to you.
There is no time. Nigerians are dying in your hands; people are not happy with your system. Change, or you will be changed.
“God said that Buhari is in trouble. Buhari is hypnotized; Buhari is in a horrible bondage; Buhari’s mantra has been cannibalized. Unless President Buhari quickly and strategically positions the right people and changes the former ones inaugurated by him, the wind of change that he himself inaugurated will blow him away shamefully.
“The wind will be too strong that Mr. President and the cabal will be blown out of office shamefully. The wind will be irresistible for it will come like a hurricane. Buhari can handle this problem, but his office, if he is not careful, another will take.”
Fr Mbaka stressed that the President has no choice than to do everything possible to move Nigeria forward or God would do so by Himself.
The cleric also decried the anti-corruption war of the Buhari administration. He said:
“If he (president) doesn’t want to move Nigeria forward, God says He himself will plan a strategy of moving Nigeria forward. His (president’s) pattern of battling corruption is not just archaic, barbaric but is witch-hunting, terribly selective.
Mr. Buhari as the President, why should you be picking and choosing those that you and your so-called EFCC man would want to arrest, so that your party becomes a hideout for criminals and that any person who does not want to be arrested will become an APC person? Is that not corruption in itself?
“Change, or you will be changed. After all, you are the one who introduced change as your mantra. Nigerian economy is in shambles and Nigerians are in sorrow. Nigeria is not just passing through an economic depression, but also it is a time of economic repression and compression.
“Very soon, Nigerians will know that the country is in terrible mess. The cabals have messed up the President and confused him. So, Mr. President, you are to be blamed, not your cabals. You have your brooms, but the cabals have their bags; either you sweep them away or they throw you into the bag. Heaven cried that your methodology is not just archaic, but too sluggish, very slow. The situation in Nigeria needs speed, but you are too dull.
“The spirit of God says that Mr. President is just president in the mouth; he is not the real president per say; he is a pseudo president. People are running the government the way they like and giving him articles to sign. Mr. President doesn’t know what is happening in his government. What a pity! But no matter what is happening, God assured us that Nigerians and Nigeria are not just in His hands, but in His heart and eyes.”
Mbaka, however, commended the President on the war against insurgency and extravagance in government. He said:
“Mr. President tried his best to win war against insurgency. He tried to stop excessive spending, living in opulence. He is an expert in stopping opulent life, swindling of government property, but the way he is going after it, he is too slow. God loves him and gave him the mandate. He wanted to fight corruption, but corruption is fighting him back, so that anyone who wants to perform corruption in a very smart way, will run into APC.
“We keep on praying for your quick recovery, but you know when the President is sick and age is not on his side, the message came. That is why the government schools are sick, the government hospitals are sick, the government roads are sick; power, electricity sick; the economy is sick; unemployment becomes the order of the day, our graduates, our youths are living in abject poverty and hopelessness, the countrymen are sick, hunger is ravaging the people of God; investors have no more confidence in Nigeria,” he stated.