The Archbishop of Enugu Anglican Province and Bishop of Enugu, Most Rev. (Dr) Emmanuel Chukwuma, has called on the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria to summon immediately fiery Catholic priest, Revd Father Ejike Mbaka, and discipline him over his recent proclamation on President Goodluck Jonathan.
Father Mbaka had during the New Year service at his Adoration ground in Enugu declared that President Jonathan’s administration had brought bad luck to the country and urged him to quit even as he later raised the alarm that his life was under threat because of what he said.
But Archbishop Chukwuma told Daily Sun yesterday in Enugu that what Mbaka said about Jonathan was inflammatory and therefore, called on the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria to check him with a view to curbing his excesses.
The archbishop said it was unfortunate that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, had visited Mbaka’s Adoration ground, where he alleged she gave the priest N5 million and Mbaka eulogised the President, urging him (Jonathan) to continue in his good works without fear or favour only to turn back suddenly to make negative statements about him.
“What Mbaka had done is very much inflammatory and disgraceful against Mr. President. One, therefore, wonders if Fr. Mbaka was settled for him to change gear and we are calling on Mbaka to mention those religious leaders, whom he accused of going to Aso Rock to wine and dine with the President and therefore, could not speak the truth as he claimed.
“Fr. Mbaka should declare to the world how much he has collected from the opposition for him to say all he said against Mr. President,” Chukwuma said.
The Anglican archbishop called on Nigerians to ensure that they had peaceful and successful elections next month.
He advised the nation to allow the will of God to prevail in the choice of candidates in all categories of the elections, saying that “power belongs to God and nobody can perpetuate himself in any authority in Nigeria without the mandate of the people.”