The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has come under attacks over his latest prediction on the fate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi in the 2019 election.
Mbaka had during Sunday thanksgiving service predicted failure for the flag bearers of the PDP: Atiku and Obi.
In a viral video from the service, Mbaka berated Atiku’s running mate, Peter Obi, for not doing a project for his church, warning him of the consequences.
Fr. Mbaka curiously withheld Obi’s blessing and said he would only release it after Obi had done a project for the church.
The fiery priest said: “My brother and Governor, stand before all of us and tell what you want to do for God.”
Responding, Obi said: “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” and being deceitful.
“I can only bear witness to what I have tasted. You can be promising and doing for them in Anambra. 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.
“Listen, if you have an adviser, you can save your political destiny or you people won’t even know how she when they will do 2019 election. You people won’t even understand how it will all go down.
“Governors of Ebonyi and Enugu made donations without announcing at the altar, Your own is taking time, 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.”
Obi again responded saying: “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.”
Reacting to the viral video, Nigerians used their Twitter pages to share divergent opinions concerning the fiery priest’s statement.
Some commended Obi for standing his ground and not making fake promises at the altar of God despite pressure from the priest.
Here are some comments extracted from Twitter:
@Lexusfolks “Father Mbaka is a shame to Christianity. Does it mean that God needs Peter Obi donation to win election? Why is he insulting God for his own selfish reason?
“Atiku and Peter Obi will win 2019 election without his prophecy. God will shame him this time around
@Rouvafe “This video tells us more about Peter Obi’s character. The average Nigerian Politician will make all sorts of promises & tell lies just to win an election, but here is Peter Obi standing his ground despite this open blackmail. Nigerian Politics needs more people like Peter Obi!
@Obynopato “So Mbaka is now using his church as a business venture. the FAIL he is saying look so much like him, he has failed as a priest and the Obi had achieved a good name as the former Gov of Anambra state.”
@Mediamanifold “Father Mbaka with all due respect, you goofed. You are now trading the gospel… Now you are not God who determines who fail or not. This is absolutely appalling and very disturbing.”
@Ifeabunnike “What Father Mbaka did to Peter Obi at the altar of God and in God’s name was disgraceful and should be condemned by all well-meaning Christians. If this was what Christ stood for, I don’t want to be a part of it anymore.”
@DrJoeAbbah “Can any Catholic person please educate me on why Ejike Mbaka is still a Catholic priest? Is he still part of the Catholic Church or is he on his own now?
@Kizillion “How can you threaten a man with failure because he did not donate to your church project?! Shame!!! Men like Peter Obi should be celebrated more for having more cojones than liars like Hope Uzodinma who wants to build a first-class medical center in 1month.”
@PappyGrande “Peter Obi on that stage, with all the pressure and taunting from Fr. Mbaka, with APC promising heaven and earth, yet he stuck to his principles. Tells you a lot about the man.”
@Mr_pragmatican “Father Mbaka still thinks he has the backing of God’s Spirit. What sort of nonsense statement to have called Peter Obi _ stingy and claiming he will fail with Atiku. Mbaka is fake. I repeat, Mbaka is fake. Materialistic man of God.”
@Blackmaimy “I salute Peter Obi’s calmness and composure during Father Mbaka’s disgraceful act. It is ungodly, unethical and not divinely orchestrated. Peter Obi should put his trust in God and not on a human.”
Be Guided! Sex In The Car In Public Is A Crime, Attracts 2-Year Jail Term —- Lagos Police Commissioner
The Lagos State Police Command has warned Lagosians that having sex in the car is a crime that’s punishable with a 2-year stay in prison.
A couple having sex in a car parked in an isolated part of a neighborhood in Lagos State were recently harassed by a mob who posted their pictures on social media.
The incident sparked debates over the legality of car sex in the country, leading a Twitter user to ask the Head of the Nigeria Police Force’s Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, ACP Yomi Shogunle, for clarification.
In response, ACP Shogunle said having sex in the car is not a crime unless the car is parked on the premises of a place of worship, or the sex is not between consenting adults or between people of the same sex.
However, according to the spokesperson of the Lagos Command, Shogunle’s statement was misplaced as he noted that the state has laws criminalising sex of any kind in public places.
While disclosing that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, has received legal advice on the subject, Oti said indecent act in a public place makes both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years.
He further noted that there’s a federal law applicable in every Nigerian state that criminalises indecent acts.
He said, “The CP Lagos has been advised by the Director of Public Prosecution of the state Ministry of Justice and the Legal Department of the State Police Command, Panti, Yaba, with relevant sections of the law as follows: Section 134 (a) Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 prohibits any indecent act in any public place without lawful excuse.
“The law holds that such person is liable on conviction to two years’ imprisonment. Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 provides that any person who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public commits an offence and liable on conviction to three years’ imprisonment.
“It must be noted that Section 134 which deals with offences against morality, particularly section 134 (a), has it that indecent act in a public place makes both parties engaging in the act liable to imprisonment for two years.
“In the same vein, Section 231 of the Criminal Code Act, which is a Federal law and applicable in states other than the northern states where Penal Code is applicable, also make Indecent Acts punishable.”
Imohimi dismissed Shogunle’s assertion and warned that Lagosians should be guided by relevant sections of the law against such acts.
2019 Election: There Won’t Be Peace In APC, I’ll Work Against The Party—– Buhari’s Minister, Shittu
Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication, has declared that he will work against his political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State during the 2019 election.
The Minister stated this during a media chat in Abuja on Wednesday, accusing the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and the Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, of blocking him from running for the governorship election.
Recall that the minister lost in the race for the party’s guber ticket in the state during the party primaries.
He declared that “without restitution, there won’t be peace in the APC.”
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, had earlier made the same threat to work against the ruling party.
Get Ready To Go To Jail If You Spend Without Our Appropriation —- Reps Tell Amaechi, Others
Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday told Nigerian Ministers and other public officials working with the Executive arm of government that they were subject to scrutiny at all times on how budgetary allocations to their offices were used and that they will go to jail if they spend money without appropriation.
The lawmakers also said it would be an illegality which attracts a certain jail term should any minister go ahead to spend money not appropriated by the Legislature.
They therefore decided that henceforth, executive officials that fail to give a comprehensive account of allocations made to them would not have their 2019 budgets approved by the House.
Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Aviation, Hon. Nkiru Onyejiocha handed down the warning at a public hearing meant to scrutinize chief executives of 4 agencies in the sector on the performances of monies appropriated to them.
The officials included the Directors-General of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), that of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); and Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), as well at the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet).
Angry that none of the invited chief executives honoured the invitation sent to them to appear and defend their budget performances of the last 18 months, the committee which refused to take presentations from their representatives ruled that the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, and his aviation counterpart, Hadi Sirika must appear before the lawmakers on Thursday this week.
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