A pro-Democracy Non-governmental organisation, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has given the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria, 21 days to call Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka to order or it will write to the Vatican directly, over Fr. Mbaka’s New Year day prophecy of an assassination attempt on President Muhammadu Buhari.
HURIWA which described the prophecy as sensational and rumour peddling, asked that it should be seen for what it truly is: delusional fantasy.
The group has however, 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 to 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.
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.”
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.”
It will be recalled that Fr. Mbaka, the Head of the Adoration Ministries, based in Enugu, Enugu State, had in his New Year message said some corrupt politicians were after Buhari.