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Published date: December 4, 2018 | Category: Nigerian News Today|Politics| 2019 Elections| Nigeria Decide | Location: Enugu East, Enugu, Nigeria
You and Atiku might end in shame’ — Mbaka hits Peter Obi for not donating to his church.
Peter Obi, vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked people to stop attacking Ejike Mbaka, spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN).
During the ministry’s 2018 harvest and bazaar celebration, Mbaka had said Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, and Obi, might “end in shame” with the way they are going.
The Catholic priest said this after Obi failed to make a donation at the bazaar celebration.
The priest’s comment has sparked different reactions from Nigerians.
Reacting, the former governor of Anambra state said he did not feel bad about the statement.
Speaking through Val Obienyem, his media aide, Obi said it is “wrong for priests to be attacked based on what they said on the pulpits”.
He was quoted as saying he has a reverend sister and reverend father as siblings.
“Please let us leave Fr. Mbaka alone; our duty to him is prayers for God to lead him aright,” he said.
“While one may disagree with him, we should always acknowledge that he speaks and acts from the, higher perspective of wisdom.
“I have full respect for men of God and will always remember them in my prayers.
“When they go wrong as humans, subject to human frailties, ours is not to castigate them, but to pray to God to lead them aright.”
Obi described donations to churches as an “appreciation of God’s love and benevolence to us”, saying “they attract more rewards when done secretly”.
Meanwhile, standing by his side, Mbaka asked him to “stay in front of this children of God and tell God what you will do for Him … or what that means is, you don’t want to do anything for God. This is common deceit.”
Obi replied: “Father, what I said is straightforward. You will come and show me the project so that the two of us will talk. That is what I said.”
Mbaka then accused the former governor of Anambra of making “political statement” to which he responded: “Father knows I don’t make political statements. Anyone here from Anambra state knows Peter Obi has never promised anything and failed. I am a fundamental Catholic. I do whatever I say at the church.”
The priest said in response: “In your capacity and what God has done for you as governor … God hates stinginess. What I am saying is not to please you, but what will save your life. Otherwise you and Atiku will fail.
“If there is a place they will coat words for you, it is not at Mbaka’s altar. You can save your political destiny. Or in 2019, you people will not even know how they did the election. What will make my brother to come for bazaar and he won’t even break kola?”
Mbaka went on to tell Obi how governors of Ebonyi and Enugu made donations without announcing at the altar and urged him to do same.
“Your own is taking time,” he said, adding: “The way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame”.
“Let us continue our bazaar. You know since he is not supporting us, the ministry has been moving. If people start arguing like this, their downfall begins,” he said.
The priest also said he would make prediction regarding the 2019 presidential election come December 31.
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