- The presidency has faulted Father Mbaka's call for Buhari's resignation
- Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, disclosed an alleged controversial meeting the cleric had with Buhari
- Father Mbaka was a former supporter of the Nigerian president
The presidency has alleged that the spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry (AMEN), Father Mbaka is asking President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached because the president refused to give him contracts.
Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, in a statement via Facebook on Friday, April 30, claimed the cleric once demanded contracts as compensation for supporting Buhari to win the presidency.
...Father Mbaka asked for a meeting and to the shock of Presidential Aides, he came accompanied by three contractors. The President graciously allowed them in, and to everyone’s surprise, Father Mbaka asked for contracts as compensation for his support.
Anyone familiar with President Buhari knows that he doesn’t break the laid down rules in dealing with contracts or any other government business for that matter. He requested the appropriate authorities to deal with the matter in accordance with laid down rules.''
Shehu claimed the presidency had exercised discretion by not revealing details of Mbaka's request to save the cleric from criticism.
He stated that the preacher's verbal attacks on the president were because his requests for contracts were not granted.
Meanwhile, the feud between the presidency and Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka has created a divide among commentators.
Legit.ng had asked some commentators how they viewed allegations by the presidency against the cleric.
One commentator, Chikwe Fortress Onyekachi, told Legit.ng that it was not morally wrong for Father Mbaka to approach President Buhari for contracts.
The engineer, however, argued that was improper for the presidency to try to silence the ceric for speaking against the current misrule in the country.
''There's no crime asking for contracts from the government you supported even if you are Pope. So trying to silence Mbaka because he asked for contracts is childish and wicked.
Only evil-minded people will come up with these baseless, devilish, and unfruitful allegations against a man of God because he simply asked the president to resign for the sake of the country.''
However, Ajagun Olaoluwa Samuel begged to differ. He pointed out that Father Mbaka is a preacher and not a contractor.
The political scientist told Legit.ng that the cleric was facing such allegations because of his close association with politicians.
''He (Mbaka) should not expect such as he is not a contractor but a pastor, besides he's not a politician why is he siding a party, so any allegations he receives now is his result.''
In another report, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has hit hard on the spiritual director of Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, over his call for the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.
Vanguard reported that Yekini Nabena, the APC deputy national publicity secretary, on Friday, April 30, in Abuja, cautioned Mbaka, against making statements that could cause instability in the country.
He made it clear that he was not happy with the current administration as he accused Buhari to “maintaining grave silence” despite the widespread killings in the country.