We have noted with great disappointment, the statement credited to a Human Rights group in a section of the media threatening to drag Fr. Mbaka to Pope Francis if the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria fails to reprimand him and stop him from actively associating with politicians over his New Year prophesy of plan by corrupt politicians, to assassinate President Buhari and all their careless comments dismissing Fr. Mbaka’s prophesy as “delusional fantasy”.
The Constitution of this land, by virtues of Section 38(1), respects universal right to freedom of religion and to manifest and propagate same either or in community with others in public or private. The same grand norm guarantees freedom of expression in Section 39. If the Constitution which gave every citizen of this country the right to worship, did not prohibit him from declaring the message he receives from the God he worships, we then wonder why a Priest of God and a Citizen of this country should be threatened for exercising his constitutional right. A situation where the Fundamental Human Rights which is the tenet of the ideals of democracy, is bastardized by an acclaimed Human Rights group that is meant to protect same, is indeed, worrisome and makes mockery of nomenclature. It is for this reason that we believe that such a threat against Fr. Mbaka can only come from a colossus of political agents of destabilization, and rabble-rousers masquerading as an NGO and a pro-democracy group.
We view their threat as a likelihood of infringement to exercise Fr. Mbaka’s right to freedom of religion, association and expression which section 46 of the constitution of this country and enabling legal frame works give us the latitude to seek redress. We therefore, call on the group to withdraw that threat forth with or face the legal consequence.
We know of the utterances by many leaders of different churches at the beginning of this year who, in exercise of their religious freedom, predicted so many things such as plane crash, bank robbery, bank collapse, natural disasters etc. No one threatened to sanction them. The question is, why should Fr. Mbaka’s prophesy always attracts venomous criticisms by some Nigerians especially by the so-called Christians who will never talk about the manifest miracles of God through him and his consummate charitable life? Was the fulfillment of his prophesy of President Buhari’s victory last year which earned him and the ministry the highest media attack ever, not yet enough lesson to Nigerians that Fr. Mbaka is indeeds a prophet of God and a gift to this nation?
We recall many years ago, precisely in 1998 when Fr. Mbaka used to hold the Adoration Ministry programme at Government Technical College, (GTC), Enugu, On Wednesday, the night of 3rd June 1998, he started raising alarm that the Holy Spirit had disclosed to him that the then Nigerian Military Head of State, Late Gen Sani Abacha was going to die. Instead of people coming to ask what shall be done to prevent the president from dying, they started attacking Fr. Mbaka. He ran away to Awhum Monastery and from there, he came to the Church on Sunday, the 7th June, 2008 and declared that the Holy Spirit says: “By this time tomorrow, President Sani Abacha will be no more”. The whole Parish Council gathered around his house to caution him to stop such prophesy. Exactly by that time the following day, Monday the 8th of June, 2008, General Sani Abacha was reported dead. Fr. Mbaka had told the congregation that he never wished Abacha dead but he saw it in the spiritual. He was particularly worried that no one believed him, and regretted that he was in an era where people no longer respected prophetic life. An era where people believe in lies and fairy tales and what they read in media but not the warning of men of God who tells them what they hear from the spirit world.
Last year, when Fr. Mbaka prophesied the defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan, many Christians including notable clergymen branded him a false prophet and clamoured for his sanction. Now that the prophesy came true with Buhari’s victory why shouldn’t the acclaimed sanctions be meted to those clergies whom the manifestation of Fr. Mbaka’s prophesy has proved to be the real false prophets?. No one seems to think about this. It is unfortunate that some men of God and so called Christians, either for lack of prayer points or out of chronic envy and jealousy, now make “Fr. Mbaka” the topic for exhortation in their gatherings. This also explains why the recent speculations on his transfer has taken the place of sermon in some churches and even made national news headline even when there is no official communication of such.
Those who attack Fr. Mbaka for declaring what his God told him to his congregation only want to make a point; either that their own god is dumb or that God no longer speaks in this generation. They should desist from infesting the good Nigerian Christians with such heresy. This is why we do not feel threatened by the threat of those threatening to drag Fr. Mbaka to Pope since the Pope himself, whose prophetic anointing runs in Fr. Mbaka is indeed, the grand mouthpiece of the same God who speaks through Fr. Mbaka in the entire Christendom.
How can Fr. Mbaka’s attackers in their wisdom or lack of it, imagine that the authorities of the same Catholic Church which trains her priests, including Fr. Mbaka to be versed in Philosophy, Critic of Contemporary values, Theology, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science etc, and ordained him a priest, a PROPHET and king be used to threaten Fr. Mbaka for exercising what she imparted in him?
Those whose headache is the manner of Fr. Mbaka’s prophesy, should know that even in the scriptures, Jeremiah and Isaiah were not gifted alike. Samuel and Nathan were not gifted alike. They were all God’s prophet with distinct callings.
One vital question Nigerians should not fail to ask is why this group of democratic miscreants is not perturbed by all other prophesies of Fr. Mbaka this year except the plot against Mr. President? Are they guilty or privy to the plot which the man of God had exposed? The labourious manner with which they attacked the prophetic message, in an attempt to filibuster and water it down, betrays their innocence on this issue and this should make them prime suspects in the list of the nation’s intelligent security surveillance.
We love our President and his life means much to us especially at this point of the nation’s history when he is fighting the most dreaded war in the – world, the hydra-headed War Against Corruption and Insurgency. Besides Fr. Mbaka’s prophesy of the plans of the enemies against him, no good thinking citizen of this country would believe that the victims of Mr. President’s War Against Corruption would be smiling at him. That is why we should not relent in praying for Mr. President and will never spare any one or group of persons who may want to distract Fr. Mbaka and his commitment to the spiritual welfare of this nation.