Popular Catholic cleric and Founder of Enugu-based Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has lambasted the two leading candidates in the upcoming 2019 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The controversial Mbaka described Atiku as a “bureau de change” for allegedly sharing dollars during the PDP primaries that produced him and accused Buhari of wasting a “golden opportunity” to develop Nigeria by surrounding himself with visionless people.
Highlighting the failings of the Buhari administration, Mbaka said, “What will it take you; change the Chief of Staff, change B, change C, change this and change that; even if it will take 20 Igbo men or 20 Yoruba men to change Nigeria; take all of them. Look at what (Chukwuma) Soludo did in the Central Bank; he has assured Nigeria and the whole world that there is nothing like bank collapse again.
“An Igbo man did this, why can’t Buhari take Soludo for the economic revival and revamping of Nigeria’s economy? And you are busy talking about corruption, playing game with the lives of Nigerians from the issue of Fulani herdsmen to Boko Haram to Jos killings. You said somebody stole, what did he steal?
“Someday, they said the government has spent trillions of naira on social investment scheme and I want to know who are the people they were spending the money on; the Vice President said they are giving N10,000 to small scale businesses and I asked, is this how they will transform Nigeria? You give somebody N10,000 for business, what type of business will N10,000 start?”
He added, “There are no people that will develop this country that are not in Nigeria. We have people who will develop this nation; but our President left the same type of people who don’t have the same type of vision around him and everything they do is in your head.
“After you are removed, they will bring people that will flog you because you messed up the opportunities because you didn’t listen to the word of God. You didn’t listen to the man of God you have and you were disobeying him. The price of disobedience is disgrace.”
Mbaka, while lambasting Atiku, said, “Somebody will have billions and want to take the one belonging to the public while hunger will be killing his people. Look at the type of money they shared during the primaries to the extent that they brought Bureau de Change. They said Buhari is change, but Atiku is bureau de change. They were sharing the money in dollars and it was going out in millions of dollars in Nigeria where hunger is killing people; where you don’t have food to eat.
“If they spend such monies to get ticket, how do you think that when they get into power they will rule, of course, they will first recover the money they have spent but the worst is that the money was not being shared to the poor.”
However, he urged Atiku to prioritise the welfare of the people should he defeat Buhari in 2019.