The Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, on Sunday, said he had no regrets about a message in which he expressed support for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.
In the 2015 message entitled, ‘From good luck to bad luck’, Mbaka had faulted the performance of former President Goodluck Jonathan, predicting that Buhari would win the presidential poll.
Mbaka, who spoke through his media aide, Maximus Ugwuoke, said he had not regretted the prophecy despite the sufferings Nigerians were currently experiencing under Buhari’s leadership.
Ugwuoke spoke ahead of Mbaka’s 21st priestly anniversary, which is to be celebrated within the week.
He said, “Some call him controversial priest; some call him fiery priest and all that, they are entitled to their opinion.
“I will tell you something: It is not for us human to judge prophesies; he was the only person who said Buhari would win.
“If it were in the olden days, all those so-called men of God, who castigated him (Mbaka), would have received the wrath of God immediately.”
He described the hardship faced by Nigerians as ‘sufferings of change.’
He added, “Don’t forget that two months before that prophesy, Jonathan’s wife came to the Adoration Ground. That is to tell you that the prophesy came from God, if after such a visit, he (Mbaka) had the courage to reveal such prophesy against them, that tells you that it was much more than what people think.
“Before Buhari took over, the dollar was rising but there was already problem with our economy.
“I recall that on January 31, this year, he said clearly that Nigerians should brace for hard times, he said a lot of hardship was under way; this suffering Nigerians are passing through is process of change.”
He equally defended the Buhari administration, blaming Jonathan for the economic downturn in the country.
“This is a government that has unearthed a whole lot of things. The other government had oil boom, which they squandered, they handed over oil doom to this government,” he said.
The media aide also dismissed insinuations that Mbaka received money from Buhari.
He said, “There was also these claims of meeting with the APC chieftains before the election; he (Mbaka) never held any such meeting.”