Ifeanyi Ubah, the coordinator of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), a political agency seeking the reelection of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has hit back at Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka of Adoration Ministry Ministry in a video aired some minutes ago on African International Television.
In the video, the controversial pastor was captured praying earnestly for President Jonathan and endorsing his reelection. The outspoken Catholic Priest praised the president for “doing well”, defending him for not rescuing the abducted Chibok girls, a recording of the Church’s session as package by Ripade showed.
At a November 2014 session of his Enugu parish, Father Mbaka had told the visiting wife of the president, Patience Jonathan, that her husband had “done well”, and deserved a second term.
He said Mr. Jonathan could have done more if not for “distractions”, apparently referring to the security challenges the administration has grappled with for years.
The cleric also faulted those blaming the president for not rescuing more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok by Boko Haram militants more than nine months ago.
Campaigners had no reason asking the president to return the girls home since Mr. Jonathan was not keeping them, the priest said.
“Jonathan is not a kidnapper,” Mr. Mbaka declared at a session also attended by deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, and thousands of worshippers.
The clergy also went ahead in praying for Ubah for supporting the president’s reelection and cursed those who oppose the president’s second term bid.
But on the eve of New Year, the priest turned his back at the president; a development some said was triggered by the deteriorating state of the nation.
In his controversial statement, the priest backtracked and urged Mr. Jonathan to “quietly resign” for failing to stem corruption and insecurity, and failing to provide jobs for Nigerian youth.
He also endorsed Mr. Jonathan’s main challenger in February presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari, canvassing support for him.