Enugu fiery Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, on Tuesday, called on security agents to beam its searchlight on the coordinator of the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and its National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, over their threat to drag him to court concerning his New Year prophesy on plot to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari.
The rights group had asked the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBCN) to sanction Rev. Father Mbaka within 21 days “for abandoning his sacred vocation and deviating into the mundane roadside career of politics, while he hid under the canopy of his priestly vocation, failing which he will be dragged to the Holy Father Pope Francis.”
However, reacting through his media aide, Barr. Maximus Ugwuoke, the cleric said it beats every imagination why HURIWA should single out his prophesy concerning Buhari’s life, stressing that such meant that the rights group should be considered by investigators as the prime suspects.
Ugwuoke stated that “one vital question Nigerians should not fail to ask is why this group of democratic miscreants is not perturbed by all other Prophesies of Fr. Mbaka this year except the plot against Mr. President.”
He said the ministry had noted with great disappointment the statement credited to the Human Rights group in a section of the media threatening to drag Fr. Mbaka to Pope if the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria fails to reprimand him and stop him from actively associating with politicians.
While describing HURIWA’s statement as careless, he asked: “Are they guilty or privy to the plot which the man of God had exposed? The labourious manner with which they attacked the prophetic message in an attempt to filibuster and water it down betrays their innocence on this issue and this should make them prime suspects in the list of the nation’s intelligent security surveillance.”
On the necessity of the prophesy, he stressed that “we love our President and his life means much to us, especially at this point of the nations’ history when he is fighting the most dread wars in the world, the hydra headed war against corruption and insurgency.
“Besides Fr. Mbaka’s prophesy of the plans of the enemies against him, no good thinking citizen of this country would believe that the victims of Mr. President’s war against corruption would be smiling at him. That is why we should not relent in praying for Mr. President and will never spare any one or group of persons that may want to distract Fr. Mbaka and his commitment to the spiritual welfare of this nation.
“If the Constitution which gave every citizen of this country the right to worship did not prohibit him from declaring the message he receives from the God he worships, we then wonder why a priest of God and a citizen of this country should be threatened for exercising his constitutional right.
“A situation where the fundamental human rights which is tenet of the ideals of democracy is bastardised by an acclaimed human right group that is meant to protect same is indeed worrisome and makes mockery of nomenclature.
“It is for this reason that we believe that such a threat against Fr. Mbaka can only come from a colossus of political agents of destabilisation, and rabble-rousers masquerading as an NGO and a pro-democracy group.
“We view their threat as a likelihood of infringement to exercise Fr. Mbaka’s right to freedom of religion, association and expression which section 46 of this country’s constitution and enabling legal frameworks gives us the latitude to seek redress. We therefore call on the group to withdraw that threat forthwith or face the legal consequence.”