Nigeria’s ruling political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it would drag Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, the spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, (AMEN) before catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, for threatening the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was disclosed by the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena while reacting to comments credited to the Catholic priest.
It would be recalled that Mbaka had, in a sermon on Wednesday, asked Buhari to resign over the worsening insecurity in the country. He also asked the national assembly to impeach the President should he refuse to voluntarily resign.
Mbaka said it was worrying that the President will maintain silence despite the continuous killings, adding, “Nigerians why are you crying?
He said- “We are crying because our leaders have failed us woefully. Let me tell you; if it is in a civilized country, by now, President Buhari would have resigned. Quote me anywhere and let the whole world hear it, by now with what is happening, President Muhammadu Buhari should honorably resign.
“A good coach cannot watch his players be defeated when he has players sitting down watching on the bench. Either Buhari resigns by himself or he will be impeached,” he said and charged the national assembly to impeach the president if he fails to resign.
Mbaka said, “House of Representatives should impeach the President if he doesn’t want to resign. If the members of these two houses do not want to impeach him and they want to begin to fight Fr. Mbaka, something worse than what they never imagine would happen to the members of the House of Senate and the members of the House of Representatives. Disaster is coming.”
Reacting, Nabena said through a statement on Friday, that if the priest continues to “cause disaffection” for the government, he will report him to Pope Francis.
Nabena said Mbaka is supposed to use “all known spiritual means of averting crisis but rather threatening a democratically elected government for his own personal benefit while pretending to be speaking for the people”.
“One will wonder whom Father Mbaka is emulating because the Lord Jesus Christ did not threaten to bring down the government during his own time, in fact, Jesus Christ obeyed and honoured constituted authority.
“That’s why he paid his tax. We are calling on Father Mbaka to concentrate on his spiritual calling and stop speaking like politicians who it is obvious he (Mbaka) has been dining and wining with.
“If Mbaka has found another political ally, it is better to leave a political message for politicians.
“Calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to either resign or be impeached because of the current challenges is ungodly.
“Father Mbaka should not, however, take his luck too far because there is a lot to tell the Vatican and the Pope about his person and his sources of inspiration,” he said and asked Mbaka to emulate Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) who “prays and fasts” to avert crisis in the country.