Rev Fr. Ejike Mbaka, spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), has commanded the headlines for all the wrong reasons after his recent meddling in the nation’s politics.
The self-styled Catholic priest said Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Peter Obi, his running mate, might “end in shame” come the 2019 general elections.
Fr. Mbaka made the damning prophecy after Obi failed to make donations at the ministry’s 2018 harvest and bazaar celebration.
Obi attended the programme which held during the weekend alongside other politicians from the south-east.
Standing by his side, Mbaka asked him to “stay in front of this children of God and tell God what you will do for Him … or what that means is, you don’t want to do anything for God. This is common deceit.”
Obi replied: “Father, what I said is straightforward. You will come and show me the project so that the two of us will talk. That is what I said.”
Mbaka then accused the former governor of Anambra of making “political statement” to which he responded: “Father knows I don’t make political statements. Anyone here from Anambra state knows Peter Obi has never promised anything and failed. I am a fundamental Catholic. I do whatever I say at the church.”
The priest said in response: “In your capacity and what God has done for you as governor … God hates stinginess. What I am saying is not to please you, but what will save your life. Otherwise you and Atiku will fail.
“If there is a place they will coat words for you, it is not at Mbaka’s altar. You can save your political destiny. Or in 2019, you people will not even know how they did the election. What will make my brother to come for bazaar and he won’t even break kola?”
Continuing the show of shame, Mbaka went on to tell Obi how governors of Ebonyi and Enugu made donations without announcing at the altar and urged him to do same.
“Your own is taking time,” he said, adding: “The way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame”.
“Let us continue our bazaar. You know since he is not supporting us, the ministry has been moving. If people start arguing like this, their downfall begins,” he said.
Below is a video of the scene as published by Onye Njenje on YouTube:
Mbaka’s undisguised avarice drew the ire of Nigerians on social media, with many calling on the Catholic Bishops to rein in the errant priest.
I am disgusted by the words of Father Mbaka. It does not matter to me which candidate he supports but what galls me is his begging for money from both sides in return for favourable prophesies.This is disgraceful and his superiors in the Catholic Church should call him to order.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) December 3, 2018
Father Mbaka was "telling the truth" to Obi for not supporting his project but did he "tell the truth" to Ganduje who also came for the same event?
— I am the real me | Afonja: The Rise (@Clarenceonyeks) December 3, 2018
What kind of a disciple of Jesus Christ is https://t.co/A7pOATvaTs Mbaka? The Judas Iscariot of Nigeria´s Catholic faith.
— Austin Uc (@Uchepager) December 3, 2018
I’m surprised you guys are just finding out that Mbaka is a conman.
— IK (@princemele) December 3, 2018
What Father Mbaka did to Peter Obi at the alter of God and in God's name was disgraceful and should be condemned by all well meaning Christians. If this was what Christ stood for, I don't want to be a part of it anymore.
— Ifeabunike Chukwudi (@Ifeabunike) December 3, 2018
Dear Rev. Fr. Mbaka, save the Catholic Church further embarrassment and choose between the cassock and opening a shop at the Onitsha Main Market.
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) December 3, 2018
What on earth or in heaven could make a supposed "Man of God" make this type of "Political statement"? Irrespective of your faith or political affiliation, this Reverend Father Mbaka's video is shameful to watch. pic.twitter.com/XrQINIR4TM
— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadoosky) December 3, 2018
Calling peter obi stingy, he is heading for shame because he didn’t make Public donation in your church bazaar….
I really hope that video of Father Mbaka is fake (Doctored)
Pathetic and disgusting video to watch. 🤦🏽♀️
— Osas Cruz (@OsasCruz) December 3, 2018
I am a Catholic but Father Mbaka is not God. I stopped believing in him when he started romancing the men in the corridors of power. He is deluded.
— Amama Benn Benedict (@AmamaBenn) December 3, 2018
Father Mbaka is an idiot and a thief. I am a Catholic and no sensible Catholic would support such nonsense and stupidity from a rogue reverend looking for cheap popularity and shameful show of wealth. Pope Francis please strip this political rogue Mbaka masking as a reverend pic.twitter.com/XM07ZB2S3P
— Matthew Ottah™ (@MatthewOttah) December 3, 2018
Meanwhile, Peter Obi has urged his supporters not to criticise Mbaka, saying the priest needs prayers to turn from his ways.