The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka on Sunday came hard on the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Peter Obi, saying they might “end in shame” with the way they are going.
As seen in a YouTube video uploaded by one Onye Njenje, and published by The Cable, the Catholic priest said this after Obi who attended the programme alongside other politicians from the south-east, failed to make a donation at the ministry’s 2018 harvest and bazaar celebration.
The priest who stood by his side asked him to “stay in front of this children of God and tell God what you will do for Him … or what that means is, you don’t want to do anything for God. This is common deceit,” with Obi replying: “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.”
He further accused Obi of making “political statement” to which he responded: “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.”
The priest said in response: “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. Or in 2019, you people will not even know how they did the election. What will make my brother to come for bazaar and he won’t even break kola?”
Mbaka reminding the former Anambra governor how the governors of Ebonyi and Enugu made donations without announcing at the altar urged him to do same.
“Your own is taking time,” he said, adding: “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,” he added.
‘Dayo Taiwo-Sidiq is a Political Analyst, Writer and Social Change Advocate with major interests in Politics, Governance and Sports.