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PHOTOS: President Buhari Hosts Fr. Mbaka in Aso Villa



President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, hosted Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Friday.

The Priest in-charge of the Adoration Ministry Enugu (AMEN), met the President behind closed door.

Mbaka took many by surprise when he endorsed Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the electioneering period.

Mbaka who claimed to be speaking under divine inspiration, told his congregation to support Buhari.

He denied the accusation of supporting Buhari for monetary reasons, saying he had never met the APC presidential candidate.

“Some people said the APC people and Buhari had given me money but I have never seen Buhari before; I don’t know him,” he had said.

“Buhari’s one kobo, as I talk to you, has never touched my hand. I don’t know him. “God in heaven is my witness. I am just the voice of the voiceless, the sorrowful and the cheated and frustrated Nigerians.”

After Buhari won the election, he reciprocated Mbaka’s gesture.

In a statement issued on the priest’s birthday, Buhari described him as a fearless man.

“Mbaka is a great priest who is not afraid to speak truth, even at the cost of his own life or being hated by those in power,” the statement read.

“He rose to the occasion to add his voice in support of good governance and identify with ordinary Nigerians in the face of despair and uncertain future.

“Though honest opinions attract hostility from leaders detached from reality, history would be kind to Father Mbaka for courageously speaking truth to power, even at great risks.”