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Be mindful of criticising Buhari – Father Mbaka warns

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Popular Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has warned Nigerians against unduly criticising the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mbaka, who is the Spiritual Director of the Enugu-based Adoration Ministry, said that the present economic hardship in the country should be blamed on the past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, not Buhari’s.

Speaking on Wednesday at his ministry’s prayer ground in Umuchigbo-Nike Enugu, the fiery preacher said that Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential election despite criticisms showed that it was god’s will.

The cleric castigated the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Enugu, Sen. Ayogu Eze, for ignoring his advice not to contest against incumbent Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

Mbaka said, “The victory of President Mohammadu Buhari is divine. Could anybody believe that after all the insults that were thrown at him, that at the end of the day Buhari will win the presidential election? So, his victory has spiritual connotation.

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“Even in Enugu state, didn’t you see what happened? I told Senator Ayogu Eze the Governorship candidate of the APC that he will not win the Governorship election, that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will finish his eight years in Office. Didn’t it happen?

“Out of over 400,000 votes that were cast, was it not 10,000 and something votes that he got? So my prophesy is not from man rather from God.

“Those of you who are criticising Buhari that he is not doing well should be mindful of your utterances.

“I could recall in 2012 when there was oil boom in the country I told the Nigeria President then, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and his associates to save for the raining days and they did not heed my advice, rather they told me not to interfere in politics; that I should mind my pastoral work.

“So, the present hunger and famine in the land was not caused by Buhari but by the Jonathan administration. We should even thank God for giving us a type like Buhari who knows how to spend prudently.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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