Renowned Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr.
Ejike Mbaka, has urged President
Goodluck Jonathan to abandon his
re-election bid so that the All
Progressives Congress candidate,
Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)
can emerge the winner of the
presidential election next month.
Mbaka, who heads the popular
Catholic Adoration Centre in Enugu,
said this in his New Year sermon
titled “From Good luck to Bad luck,”
while addressing thousands of
parishioners on Thursday.
He urged all well-meaning
Nigerians to vote for Buhari on
According to the cleric, Jonathan
has disappointed Nigerians and
cannot deliver the dividends of
democracy to the people.
Mbaka subsequently knelt down in
front of the altar, cried and asked
God to give Nigeria a good leader
and not Jonathan. He used the
opportunity to beg Nigerians to
vote wisely in the forthcoming
He said, “I love President Goodluck
Jonathan and I used to be his
ardent fan, but I want good for my
people and that’s why I want
Nigerians to vote out Goodluck
Jonathan and vote General
Muhammad Buhari. I don’t care if
Buhari is a Muslim and from the
North; all I care about is that Buhari
can save Nigeria.”
Ironically, Mbaka had recently
endorsed Jonathan’s re-election.
It was learnt that the Deputy
Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,
had taken Jonathan’s wife,
Patience, to Mbaka, where the
cleric said he would pray for
However, after prayers, Mbaka said
the sign he received from God was
that Jonathan was not fit to rule the
Mbaka further explained that one of
the reasons Jonathan is no longer
fit to rule Nigeria for the next four
years was the high level of
insecurity which the President had
failed to address as well as
corruption in the country.
He said it was unfortunate that the
over 200 Chibok girls who were
abducted by terrorists over 200
days ago had not been rescued
despite series of promises made by
He further urged the Federal
Government to account for the
missing $20bn and stop insurgency
in the country.
Mbaka maintained that Buhari
could not Islamise Nigeria as being
rumoured in some circles.
He said he had never met the APC
candidate but urged Nigerians not
to forget that Buhari fought
corruption to a standstill during his
administration between December
1983 and August 1985.