Jonathan snubs incendiary Mbaka comments at Enugu rally

By Post Nigeria January 9, 2015 20:08

Jonathan snubs incendiary Mbaka comments at Enugu rally

President Goodluck Jonathan in Enugu State addressed a cheering audience on several matters of state today.

He focused on the achievements of his administration emphasizing on the need to face facts and pressing issues rather than empty propaganda.

It was expected that the President would air out his feelings in response to Rev. Father Mbaka since he was on the clergy’s home turf, but in what some have called a big show of maturity and poise the President totally ignored discussing anything malicious towards the Reverend.

A statement released by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, urged party faithfuls to desist from spiteful comments aimed at the religious leader who clearly didn’t practice the same restraint while delivering his sermon on new-year’s eve.

It is no news that the recent comments from Father Mbaka took centre stage recently for controversial reasons.

Some have however been unable to reconcile comments he made recently with the contents of his earlier statements seemingly contradictory.

Rev. Mbaka had at a procession in November, showered the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan with praises and commendations on a job well done.

In his words, “We are not stopping cause we want him (Jonathan) to go back even if you (Patience Jonathan) don’t come here we keep praying for him because the first prayers were done in your absence.

“You and your husband have done well despite distractions, such come so that you will not achieve much, you have ignored these distractions as if they did not exist, so go ahead, go with the consolation of the Holy Spirit, the Anointing of the Lord says God will make your family great.”

The Rev. Father however made a complete U-turn on December 31, at the cross over service at his Enugu parish uttering fierce polemics. He referred to his meeting with the First Lady as political drama- apparently the Presidency was not in-the-know that the Reverend’s parish was a theatre.

He said, “We have not entered into any covenant with anyone, last time the first lady came here. We are not partisan, we welcomed her. We did a spiritual drama here and lifted four birds to fly up. The main one that should fly up refused to go. I did everything possible but it refused. And it was the healthiest one. It represented Jonathan. We wanted it to fly for Jonathan and the spirit of God said, do not disturb it.”

Further remarks from the Father suggested that the President step down for the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari.

The cynicism in Mbaka’s statement led to several reactions from across the country.

This background seemed lost on the President at the rally as he simply refused to veer off an issue based campaign, which excerpts from his speech show;

“Before we came on board agriculture was a major sector were corruption bred, but we have stemmed that”

“We have started the development of an international airport”

“We have developed over 2000km of roads in Enugu state”

“Vengeful motives should not drive our ambition of which is what the opposition is.”

The President said he would talk more about his policies for women in his campaign on Monday.

Chief Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the National President of the Ohanaeze Youth Council had this to say about Mbaka’s utterances, “What kind of contradiction is that? Any way he spoke for himself and not Ndigbo or the Christiandom. We call on the Catholic High Command to look into this grossly political statement from Father Mbaka to find out his real motive,”

The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, CSN expressed their dissatisfaction in the Father. They called on the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Bishop Callistus Onaga, to caution Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka.

Other clergy men have since opined that Father Mbaka had no right to make assertions as it is unheard of for a priest to be partisan in his dispensation.