The leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law is deeply dismayed and we totally align ourselves with a firm stance of the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) concerning the morally abominable stance of Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka on sad and sore socio-political events in the country; particularly his latest phantom revelation of attempt to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari.
We are deeply worried and concerned over the political implications of such un-heavenly message; considering the newest tricks by the loyalists of President Buhari, who go about massacring innocent citizens under the pretext of “attempted assassination”. Reverend Father Mbaka, may most likely have emboldened and licensed the butchers to further massacre hundreds, if not thousands of innocent citizens in coming months, if not weeks; hiding under the foul or phantom excuses of “assassination attempts”.
Apart from Father Mbaka’s naivety and social primitivism with Nigeria’s socio-political realities; there is also a strong link between his questionable spiritual revelations and huge reliance on rumour mongering or unverifiable and unscientific third party falsehoods; upon which most of his questionable spiritual revelations emanate.
One of the cases in point was the rumor of “Ohakim’s beating of a Reverend Father in Imo State”, which Father Mbaka adopted holistically in one of his public messages without any verifiable investigation.
Other than theology and philosophy, which mandatorily qualified Father Mbaka as a reverend father, it is factually correct to observe that Father Mbaka is not socially exposed and versatile; yet he disappointedly delves into political matters with little or no knowledge of common political, economic, social, cultural and geopolitical statistics of Nigeria. In other words, he is socially and politically naive.
Storming the Aso Rock Villa without consultation and approval of his bishops and the CBCN is the height of disloyalty and disobedience in the highly dogmatized and hierarchical Catholic Church; for no matter how influential and powerful a reverend father is, he must not rise above his monsignor, not to talk of his bishop.
It is our added voice that it is about time Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka was called to order and made to retrace his drowning steps.
Barr Obianuju Joy Igboeli
Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program