The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, has begged Nigerians and his supporters to stop crucifying Catholic Priest, Father Ejike Mbaka over comments about him and his principal, Atiku Abubakar.
The former Anambra State Governor was reacting to attacks on the fiery priest by Nigerians after he was seen on video saying that Atiku and Obi will fail in the 2019 presidential elections if he (Obi), failed to donate money to his Adoration Ministry during a bazaar program recently.
In the video, Father Mbaka who spoke in the Igbo language had said:
“It means you don’t want to anything for the Lord. What you just said now is a political statement.
God hates stinginess and I’m telling you this to save your life. With the way you are going, you and Atiku will fail. The way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame.”
Father Mbaka had gone on to berate Obi, saying that he has not done anything for the ministry despite the support he gets from members.
He further incurred the wrath of Nigerians when he insisted that if Obi failed to donate to the ministry, he and Atiku will fail woefully.
However, Obi has come out to calm his supporters who have been calling for Father Mbaka’s head, saying he should not be attacked based on what he said.
Speaking through his media aide, Valentine Obienyem, Obi said he did not feel bad about the cleric’s statement and as such, his supporters should forgive him.
“It is wrong for priests to be attacked based on what they said on the pulpits. Please let us leave Fr. Mbaka alone; our duty to him is prayers for God to lead him aright.
While one may disagree with him, we should always acknowledge that he speaks and acts from the higher perspective of wisdom. I have full respect for men of God and will always remember them in my prayers.
When they go wrong as humans, subject to human frailties, ours is not to castigate them, but to pray to God to lead them aright.
Donations to churches are an appreciation of God’s love and benevolence to us but they attract more rewards when done secretly.”