Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry (AMEN), Enugu, has admitted that he discussed security contracts with President Muhammadu Buhari during one of his visits to the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mbaka made the admission when addressing his congregation in Emene, Enugu State, on Sunday in response to a statement made by the Presidency recently over the Catholic priest’s sudden criticism of the president.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and President, said the call by Mbaka, who has been an ardent supporter of President Buhari, for his principal to resign or be impeached by the National Assembly over the rising spate of insecurity in the country was because the President refused to grant him contracts.
But responding, Mbaka admitted that the request was made during President Buhari’s first term, explaining that he presented to the president three foreign men who he never knew but said they could help the country tackle the wave of insecurity.
According to the cleric, the request made to the president was not for any personal gain but for the country’s sake.
He also attacked Shehu and the presidency for choosing to hide the truth, saying he is glad that God used the presidential spokesperson to tell the world that he has not received a dime from the Presidency, contrary to speculations flying around.
He said: “When they talked about giving Father Mbaka contracts, I don’t want to talk about that, I was laughing. It is a laughable, childish accusation. Whoever is saying that is a shame to himself and shame to the people he is representing. The three men he talked about, I am not here to defend anybody’s stupid allegation, but God used that man to tell the world that Buhari’s government is not giving me money.
“Shehu, may God bless you for telling everybody that you are not giving me a contract. And these are the three men that we brought that will handle insecurity for the country; they had the gadgets. The white people had the facilities. That was during the first administration.
“They said they will help them in conquering insecurity. They had the platform to end insecurity in this country under one month; under Abba Kyari. I just handed them over to the government people. They denied them of these.
“I don’t even know these people. They just came to Enugu and said, can I help them reach the government, that the level of insecurity in this country and how Nigeria has been shipping their oil out, refining and bringing them back, that we are losing. That they have all it takes to revive the oil apparatus in the country and get the whole youths employed and the issue of insecurity will die. These are the three people they rejected their offer, since they know how to talk.”
Mbaka, however, in another stance criticised the Presidency, saying it does not have a “reward mechanism” for people who support the government.
He stated that the last person the current administration would want to have issues with is with him.
He said: “All the people they have been giving contracts, are they better than me? Am I begging them, do they know how many people I feed? Fortunately, they reported that they denied me of the contract — which contract?”
“And even the people they are talking about that went there, I didn’t even discuss one per cent of ‘if you get this contract’; contract of securing the country? What am I going to gain from it? As if to say when he pushes that, Father Mbaka is no longer a Nigerian.
“They have shown that they don’t have what they will call, reward mechanism. If Shehu is a human… I don’t even know who the Shehu is. He should be apologising that by now, they have not come down to say nagode Allah for surviving whatever they are passing through. The last person this administration should fight is Father Mbaka talking here because if they speak against me, the anger of heaven will be upon them and how they will end will shock everybody.”