Some concerned Christians under the aegis of ‘Araba Zone’ the popular arm that unites the millions of Adoration worshipers in the Diaspora have added their voices to the ongoing controversies over Fr Mbaka and Peter Obi saga at the 2018 Harvest and Bazaar of Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria.
Reacting to the recent statement credited to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on the issue, one of the outstanding leaders of the group, Sir Nelson Onyema, faulted the CBCN for giving unnecessary attention to the issue. He argued that the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Mathew Kukah few months ago took Atiku Abubarkar to Olusegun Obsanjo for a political reconciliation and endorsement to pave the way for his emergence as the PDP presidential flag bearer. Bishop Kukah is the Chief campaigner of Atiku, the CBCN has been silent on this and issued no statement on it. The same Bishop Kukah who is co-chairing the National Peace Committee with former Head of State Abudusalami Abubarkar and others were seen few days ago playing some political roles geared towards reaching a memorandum of Understanding for all political parties in Nigeria, the CBCN did not issue any statement on this. Sometimes ago,the Bishop of Onitsha Arch Diocese celebrated a public mass of commendation and endorsement for GoodluckJonathan, what sanction did the church give to him? If the CBCN should be fair on this, they should start to address the issue from amongst them. I am sensing that jealousy and envy may have infiltrated the Catholic Church in Nigeria and have expected theCBCN guard its utterances jealously. It will be a shame for Catholic Church in Nigeria if the Bishops should continue to allow political sentiments and double standards to characterize their actions. I am sure that if this issue were to be between an ordinary citizen and his priest, the CBCN would have been silent on it. For the CBCN to make a statement on this issue just because it involves Obi as PDP Vice Presidential aspirant conveys their tacit support for Atiku and Obi and I can’t help asking when has the Catholic Church become Atiku/Obi campaign organization?
Stella Okpanku, observed that since the history of the catholic church in Nigeria up till 1994, attention has never been given to the Adoration of the Eucharistic Jesus. It was Fr Mbaka that has compelled the whole Nigeria to know the power of the Eucharist and transformed the patternof worship in the church to the Adoration of the Eucharist after his Ordination in 1995. Through this, he exposed the secret miraculous power of the Eucharist to both the Catholics and non Catholics such that today in almost all the parishes in Nigeria, Adoration of the Eucharist has become a popular worship pattern with the attendant miracles. The CBCN has never issued a statement in commendation of Fr Mbaka over this.
Speaking earlier on what transpired between Peter Obi and Fr Mbaka at the Adoration Bazaar the group had observed that Nigerians should rather be grateful to God who imbued Fr Mbaka with the courageous gift to speak truth to power. According to them, Fr Mbaka remains a bridge between the poor citizens of this country and the Leaders that are meant to use the nations’ wealth to look after them. Fr Mbaka has no need for begging Buhari, Peter Obi or any one that came for the bazaar for money for any personal need. They stated that Fr Mbaka is a selfless industrialist that has demonstrated his vow of poverty by using all his wealth for the poor. Donations made to his ministry is donation to the uncountable poor masses who depend on his charity for their survival, education and welfare and regretted that it is unfortunate some of the wailers today are the same poor masses for whose sake he is being persecuted.
One of them Tony Chinwendu, raised the following posers “When did it become an offence for a priest of God to ask people to make donations for the church? If Fr Mbaka makes same demands of the politicians that came to his Ministry’s Bazaar, what is wrong with that? Is Bazaar not a fundraising programme of the church or is it because the politicians are the ones involved? Is it not a common thing that every catholic priest do at their stations?Even in the scriptures, are instances not bound where Jesus himself was interested in offertory that was brought in the temple of God? If not how come Jesus spoke of the widow’s mite and also asked one of the ten that was healed of leprosy who can for Thanksgiving ‘where are the other nine in Luke 17:17?”. In Acts 5 did Peter not make a public demand of Ananias and his wife to support the Church with the proceeds of their property and even cursed them to death for lying to the Holy Spirit in their stingy donation to the church?
Another who said he attended the Baazar said “Never at any time during the Baazar event did Fr Mbaka tell Peter Obi or anyone that donation of money was a precondition for his prophesy. If Fr Mbaka’s prophetic anointing was merchandized, Nigerians should tell us what President Buhari did to Fr Mbaka or Adoration Ministry pre 2015 that made Fr Mbaka to prophesy Buhari’s Victory at such unpredictable stage of the nation’s political history. Nigerian should tell us what President Buhari did for the ministry from 2015 to date to warrant Fr Mbaka’s consistent prayers and support for President Buhari from then till now. Did Fr Mbaka not say it in the presence of Kano Governor, Ganduje that there is no single person around him (Fr Mbaka) that is sweeping for Buhari?. Did he not tell Buhari that Nigerians who voted for him are sufferings and that he will be changed if he doesn’t change? Is this not enough to tell Nigerians that Fr Mbaka is not a material-induced prophet?” he wondered.
Mrs Chinyere Isiagu had maintained that “If the problem of the wailers was that Fr Mbaka asked Peter Obi to make a public donation for the church, what wrong has he done? Did Fr Mbaka ask Obi to give him anything for his private use? Many pastors and so called men of God would have gladly preferred the private donations arrangement to defraud their church but Fr Mbaka had instead insisted that Obi’s donation be made in public just like the donations of all who came to the event”. She stated that Fr Mbaka’s insistence that Peter Obi’s donation be made in public is rather a virtuous mark of transparency that is highly commendable. She recall that in 2015,the same pro PDP media warriors that are attacking Fr Mbaka today for asking Peter Obi to make his donation public were the same people that falsely accused Fr Mbaka of receiving a secret inducement from Buhari in 2015 to prophesy in his favour. If Fr Mbaka had received one kobo of Peter Obi in private, tomorrow he will be accused of receiving billions from him and Atiku . We rather thank God for giving Fr Mbaka the wisdom to refuse the lure of any private donation from Obi, the PDP vice Presidential Candidate, as such would have been used against him this time by APC to attack him especially if his 31stDecember Prophesy goes in favour of PDP.
“Nigerians should know that Fr Mbaka doesn’t not belong to any political party. He speaks to leaders as the Spirit gives him utterances and support them based on their individual virtues and divine revelations rather than party affiliation. To buttress this point, Governor IfeanyiUgwuanyi of Enugu and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state whom Fr Mbaka praised at the event belong to PDP. Senator Hope Uzodimma of Imo state who represented President Buhari at the event and the Ganduje, the Governor of Kano belong to APC, Senator Victor Umeh of Anambra state who was also at the event belonged to APGA. If Fr Mbaka is partisan, the event of that day would not have been opened to all irrespective of their party affiliations”, She revealed.