Fiery Enugu Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has predicted bleak future for the country, saying that many Nigerians would die in the present economic meltdown. Mbaka-Buhari Mbaka-Buhari He, however, said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not responsible for the hunger in the country, blaming his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for the situation.
Mbaka, who was reacting to media reports about his scathing remarks on the high level of hunger in the country as well as the implications for Buhari’s second term election, said Jonathan’s administration was responsible for the myriads of problems facing the country.
In a statement entitled, “Fr. Mbaka’s assertion `There is hunger in Nigeria’: Not an attack on President Buhari”, Mbaka, yesterday, denied ever bashing Buhari for the country’s economic problems or the level of suffering in the country. The cleric had been quoted in a sermon on Wednesday as saying Nigerians were hungry as a result of Buhari’s economic policies, saying the President would lose the 2019 polls if the situation persisted.
The statement came against the backdrop of Mbaka’s position ahead of the 2015 polls in favour of Buhari. The statement, yesterday, signed by Mbaka’s spokesman, Maximus Ike Ugwuoke, said he observed with keen concern the news trending in some sections of the media that he “attacked” Buhari. “The news headline is not only sensational but also a censorious media colouration and hype of the message of the cleric titled, “Bless and Be Blessed” for whatever ends”, the statement said.