A pro-Democracy Non-governmental organisation, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, has dismissed Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka’s “prophesy” of an assassination attempt on President Muhammadu Buhari by corrupt politicians.
HURIWA described it as sensational, rumour peddling and that the prophesy therefore should be seen for what it truly is: delusional fantasy.
Mbaka, the Head of the Adoration Ministries, based in Enugu, Enugu State, had in his New Year message said there are plans by unnamed people to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari. That many people are plotting to kill the President because of his campaign against corruption.
“I am not a sycophant, but I want to tell you that so far God is happy and he who God has blessed none can curse. 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.
Against the backdrop of the prophesy, HURIWA asked the Nigerian Catholic hierarchy to sanction Mbaka for abandoning his sacred vocation and deviating into the profane and mundane roadside career of high wire politics hiding under the canopy of his Catholic’s Priestly vocation.
The Rights group said it has resolved to drag Mbaka before Pope Francis if within 21 days the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria fails to reprimand him and stop him from associating actively and notoriously with politicians at both national and regional levels.
HURIWA accused the Catholic priest of engaging in cheap and childish rumour mongering and sophistry. That he has become a political loose canon who can’t separate sermons from partisan politics.
HURIWA said Mbaka’s prophesy lacks scientific and empirical evidence and smacks of sensationalism and therefore qualifies as an unmitigated emotional fallacy and a misdirected outburst, which should be disregarded.
In a statement signed jointly by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said Mbaka should cover his face in shame for displaying gross ignorance of the workings of the democratic and law based tenets and provisions of the constitution, which deems suspects brought before the court of competent jurisdiction as totally innocent in the eye of the law until contrary determination is made by the Court in line with due process of the law.
The statement said:
“Fr Mbaka is putting his priestly calling and office to the pecuniary services of the All Progressives Congress of President Buhari because it is barely two weeks he was photographed smiling with his Political host in the Presidential mansion President Muhammadu Buhari that he emerged from his delusional hibernation to manufacture cock-and -bull story about some plots to assassinate Mr President by corrupt politicians.”
TheEagleOnline.com.ng adds that dismissing the prophesy as delusional and empty, the Rights group added:
“Is Fr Mbaka a judge who has passed presiding over cases of alleged graft involving any immediate past political office holder and adjudged them guilty of corrupt practices?
Is Fr Mbaka unaware that as the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces that President Muhammadu Buhari is the most protected citizen in Nigeria now with hundreds of well armed and highly trained professional guards drawn from the Nigerian Military and the Secret Police headed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Kinsman?
Is Fr Mbaka unaware that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is waging a counter terror war and that the armed Islamists have vowed in several media recordings to kill not just the Commander in chief but officials of government?
This MBAKA’S whitewash must be consigned to the dustbins without further delay.”