Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka, prominent Enugu cleric, has answered to President Muhammadu Buhari’s commendations on occasion of his 20th priesthood anniversary.
Mbaka has defined his anniversary as victory over enemies of truth and blackmailers.
The wife of the Enugu state governor, Monica Ugwuanyi and thousands of believers attended the mass.
The catholic priest said despite all the attacks against him, God continually defended him because he stayed on the side of the truth.
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He said: “I am not tired after 20 years, 20 years of good health; 20 years of miracles from God; 20 years of hard apostolic work; 20 years in the hand of God.
“There was a time they blackmailed me; they were saying such things like ‘Mbaka why? Mbaka this, Mbaka that’, but I have remained in the hand of God.”
Meanwhile, Mbaka said he had forgiven his attackers, praying God to “forgive all those who have fought us on the course of this ministry and bless those who have stood behind us.”
The prominent cleric in a special message, entitled, '20-point agenda,' said he was praying for President Buhari “that God will protect him so that enemies will not destroy him. I also pray for Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi so that God will not allow occultic men to steal his vision.”
Maximus Ugwuoke, the ministerial spokesperson, in a short address to journalists, said blackmail and needless criticisms had rather supported the cleric.
His words: “Those who are saying he should stay out of politics are misguided. It is part of the role of priests. So, they are merely trying to cow him down but I can tell you that Fr. Mbaka is not somebody to be intimidated; the more they do this, the more he is strengthened.
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“In these past years, you can see how God had vindicated him; you can see his prophetic message before the general elections; at a time, he was repeating that prophecy even in the face of threat to his life. So, today, we are celebrating victory against enemies of truth.”
It would be recalled that Buhari praised the patriotic spirit of the prominent cleric saying that “Father Mbaka is a great priest who was not afraid to speak truth to power, even at the cost of his own life or being hated by leaders in power.”
It should also be noted that Mbaka’s message of change, which he brought before the March 28 presidential poll, attracted criticisms, particularly from the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Prior to his attack on ex-president Goodluck Jonathan before the New Year, the Enugu priest was a supporter of the presidential policy and even expressed support for his second term.