ENUGU Catholic priest and spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians will not vote for him in 2019 if he does not address the high level of hunger and suffering in the country.
In 2014, Father Mbaka became universally popular after castigating former president Dr Goodluck Jonathan at a Christmas day mass when he criticised the government for not caring about the fate of the masses. He has since become a national celebrity and following the 2015 presidential elections, was even hosted at the presidential villa by President Buhari.
Since May last year when President Buhari assumed office, Reverend Mbaka has been one of his most vocal supporters but in a surprising turn of events, he attacked the president in a recent message. In the message, Reverend Mbaka noted that there was too much suffering in the country and faulted President Buhari for not appointing the right people and of listening to the wrong advice.
He added: “The issue is that Mbaka is speaking as the spirit leads him. There is hunger everywhere and my job is to tell leaders the truth, the landlords are crying, the tenants are lamenting, sellers are crying, buyers are lamenting and there is hunger on the streets.
“I can’t keep quiet when things are going wrong. I am telling the president to look around him and know those who are advising him rightly and those who are telling him that there is no trouble.”
Reverend Mbaka added that the president should know that there is trouble if things continue like this and that if they remain so in the next election, nobody will vote for him.
He pointed out that if the president should have somebody like him and he cannot be talk to him, then there is a problem. According to Reverend Mbaka, he is somebody who can advise President Buhari without asking for anything as he is representing the poor masses in the country and will not tell lies.
“I don’t need the president, I need God, I need the Holy Spirit, and I need Jesus. There is suffering everywhere, people are suffering and to feed is now a problem and a hungry man is an angry man.
“So, let him know whether he can do away with some advisers around him and bring in the people who are experts in economic revamp. There are people who are experts in that, so let them begin to empower people, people are not empowered, they are still walking around in vicious circles, planning and planning and planning,” Reverent Mbaka added.