The group’s spokesman, Mr Adedeji Wale says “the international community and human rights groups are keeping watch on the Nigeria and will hold President Jonathan accountable should anything happen to Fr Mbaka.”
Mr. Adedeji in a telephone interview with the AMEN SuperNews Editor, Barr Ike Maximus Ugwuoke said, “We are worried over the statement of the Enugu State Commissioner of Police refuting the claims by Enugu-based Catholic priest who is also the founder of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Father Camillus Ejike Mbaka that he has been receiving threat messages.
Quoting the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu,DSP as reported in Vanguard Newspaper of 7th January 2015, where he said, “We do not have any report by Fr. Mbaka over threat to his life. We have not received any complaint from him.” The Human Right group described such statement from the police boss as reckless alleging that even without any formal report, the police has a traditional duty to security of lives and property more so when there is a public outcry of the victim alleging threat to his life.
According to the spokesman, “By now we expected that given the challenging security situation in Nigeria and the posture of Rev. Fr. Mbaka’s new year message exposing the quantum of loss of lives and bloodshed in North East Nigeria under the watch of President Jonathan’s government which the message was a big blow to both Jonathan and his supporters given his reelection bid, visible proactive and concerted effort ought to have been made by both the Police and the government to protect the Cleric from threats which is reasonably foreseeable in the circumstance. It is immaterial whether he has not made any formal report as this doesn’t make his outcry baseless. The Fr Mbaka case is a litmus test to how much regard the Nigeria government has for the right to freedom of expression.”
He reiterated the warning that both the national and international human Rights communities are keeping an eye on the Nigerian government.