CAN Hits Mbaka Over Prophesy Predicting Governor’s Removal From Office
Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka’s new year prophecy predicting the removal Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, from office has continued to generate reactions.
Mbaka had prophesied that Senator Hope Uzodinma, who contested the 2019 Imo governorship election under the All Progressive Congress (APC) but lost, would “take over” from Ihedioha as governor in 2020.
Uzodinma had challenged Ihedioha’s victory at the tribunal but his petitions were dismissed both at the tribunal and the court of appeal. He consequently headed to the supreme court.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in its reaction, described Mbaka’s prophesy on Ihedioha as politically motivated.
CAN’s leader in Imo, Senior Apostle Godson Ibeji said the prophesy was lacking in substance.
Ibeji faulted Mbaka for meddling in a matter that is before the Supreme Court.
“CAN has consistently opposed such politically motivated prophesies and at the same time strives to maintain the standards that guide and regulates the practice of Christianity. State chapter, said the Cleric’s prophesy is without substance, wondering why a matter before the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, would be so tossed around,” he said.
Similarly, the Imo State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nights, has berated the reverend father over the prophecy.
“We advise Fr. Mbaka to leave Governor Emeka Ihedioha alone. The youths of Imo State are pleased and satisfied with the ‘Rebuild Imo’ administration,” read a statement by NYCN’s Imo Chairman, Isdore Chukwuemeka.
“Governor Ihedioha is barely seven months in office and has aggressively restored all that the locust had eaten in Imo state in the last eight years.
“We do not want further distractions of the rebuilding process in the State. Where was Mbaka when Imo State was serially raped for eight years by a clueless administration that mindlessly looted the treasury of the State?
Also faulting Mbaka, the Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia Catholic Diocese, said “The Catholic Church is not into fortune telling and so does not authorise any Priest to make predictions on her behalf on who wins a court case.
“Anyone who speaks on such a matter is expressing his personal opinion.”
“We will continue to tow this path until we restore sanity in the practice of priesthood,” he said in a statement.