“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 2 Peter 2:1-3”
By Ehi Ekhator
Going by the bible verses above, it’s obvious that a Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministry in Enugu State cannot be distant from the warning by Apostle Peter.
The self-acclaimed prophet has not seized to amaze the general public since he gained the national attention after prophesying that Jonathan will not win the 2015 general election.
In Nigeria, men of God are highly respected; nobody dares say any ill-words against them as anyone found doing that is referred to as Satan with insults from their apologists.
Due to this respect, pastors take advantages of the people, sending inciting messages, particularly to public office holders during and after election in order to have a share of their national cake.
Before the Presidential election in 2014 between the former President, Goodluck Jonathan and a retired General, Muhammadu Buhari, the wife of the former President Dame Patience with the help of the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, visited Rev. Father Mbaka in his Enugu parish. She was welcomed, the congregation was filled to the beam, and the Holy Spirit moved the man of God to deliver prophecy concerning the election.
Mbaka attacked those who said Jonathan had not done well, so assured him through his wife that God had given him victory for the second term.
He admonished those attacking the President for his inability to rescue the more than 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram, adding that Jonathan was not a kidnapper.
“We are not stopping, because we want him to go back. Even if you don’t come here, we keep praying for him,” the priest said, addressing the president directly.
“Because the first one we did you were not here. We are not sycophantic. Because you and your husband have done well, in spite of the distractions.”
Mbaka said “Campaigners have no reason asking the president to return the girls home since Mr. Jonathan was not keeping them.”
“Jonathan is not a kidnapper,” he added.
He told the First Lady to “go with the consolation of the Holy Spirit. The anointing of the Lord says God will make your family great.”
So what happened after?
Before the wife of the President departed, Mbaka requested for her direct mobile number so he could give her messages from God, but instead, Mrs Jonathan asked another pastor with her to give his mobile.
The self-acclaimed prophet claimed that he tried the number several times but couldn’t get through but an aide to the pastor answered the calls.
“When she came here, I told her to give me her number so that I could give her messages, but thrice she refused. It was later she told one of the pastors with her to give me his number. So, before that message (that Jonathan cannot win) , I had called the number for two weeks but it was always the Personal Assistant to the pastor that picked the calls.”
Possibly out of disappointment of being slighted, Mbaka on his 2015 new year message, made a u-turn on a message he claimed he had received from God. This time, he told Nigerians that Jonathan’s bird could not fly, and also attributed the reason of his changed message to what the masses want.
Mbaka said “I recently anointed Mrs. Patience Jonathan as the next First Lady in 2015, when the First Lady and the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu worshipped at the Adoration Ministry, where the First Lady admitted that she experienced ‘a spiritual rebirth.’
“That day, I released some birds that would go and fight for Jonathan. But today I state that Jonathan is going nowhere as far as next year’s election is concerned. One of the birds, which I released during Mrs. Jonathan’s visit, has refused to fly.
“All the other birds I released flew away but the healthiest of them, which was Jonathan’s bird, could not fly. I tried to make it fly but it could not fly,” he said.
In his attempt to justify the claim above, Mbaka added “when Jonathan was aspiring to become Nigeria’s President, he was happy like other Nigerians but the bad luck which millions of the citizens had faced since he came into office was quite disturbing; hence the masses want a change.”
Take note of the phrase “the masses want a change” and Patience Jonathan refusal to give him her direct mobile number, his frustration to have access to Aso Rock.
Out of fear and the backlash that ensued his change of support, Mbaka raised an alarm that his life was threatened. He claimed that Jonathan had sent his men to go after his life because he refused to support him. He also claimed that his bank accounts were frozen.
Daring the alleged threat, Mbaka declared: “Tell them I am not afraid of them. I have said what I was asked to say. The only word I have for them is Isaiah 54:15,17: “Surely they shall gather, but because the gathering is not of God they shall scatter. No weapon fashioned against me shall prosper.”
“They said Buhari gave me money, but I have never met with Buhari. I don’t know him in person. I only delivered the message I was given and I stand by that message because the future of this country is bleak with Jonathan on the saddle.”
In December 18, 2015 Mbaka mission was finally accomplished. He was received by President Buhari in Aso Rock.
Receiving the priest, Buhari welcomed him and expressed gratitude over the role he played during the last election.
Buhari said “Thank you very much for what you have done and said. It brought you out to the whole country as a man of courage. It was honest and well delivered,”
The president added. “It has gone into the records as one of the best concerns expressed from the pulpit, not because it favoured me and my party, the All Progressives Congress, but because it was good for the country.”
As expected, Mbaka 2016 New Year message put Nigerians and the President on their toes. Mbaka for the second time raised an assassination alarm, but this time, about the President.
He claimed that some forces are planning to assassinate Buhari over his stand on corruption.
The Adoration Priest said “Many people are planning to kill Buhari; there are many plans on how to eliminate his life so that corruption will continue; so that embezzlement will continue. But I speak to Buhari that God who put you there will protect you; be firm, remain resolute, don’t be intimidated; President Buhari God and his people are behind you, you are the answer to the prayer of His people.”
Without forgetting to send Jonathan’s share of the lash, the Priest claimed that Jonathan killed Nigeria and “only handed over the skeleton to Buhari’s government.”
It is on record that the priest is used to making politically motivated speeches. It could be recalled that months back, Mbaka attacked the credibility of Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha.
He accused the governor of giving N50 million dud cheque to the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace, Dr. J. V Obinna
The Catholic Priest also spread the rumour that former Governor Ikedi Ohakim had flogged a Catholic priest.
In the past, clergymen and traditional rulers were served as semi-gods and were expected to play neutral in political related issues and other controversial engagements for the purpose of their revered role in society which make them more adored and respected.
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