Father Mbaka Fighting Buhari for Failing to Influence Govt Contracts, Alleges Presidency

Ejike Mbaka

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

The Presidency yesterday formally responded to recent call by Catholic priest, Father Ejike Mbaka, for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the cleric was after the President for failing to influence government contract in favour of his contractor-friends.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday entitled Father Mbaka Is Everything Apart From What He Claims To Be’, said the priest who supported Buhari to win the Presidency twice changed overnight because the President failed to award contract to three of his contractor-friends.

The statement reads:

“An outsider distilling the avalanche of verbiage, will be surprised that after supporting the President two times to win the Presidency, Father Mbaka has made a complete U-Turn, preposterously asking President Buhari to resign or be impeached.

“Here is the point of departure: 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.

“Inside the Villa, discretion prevailed, that if those pictures and requests were made public, the followers will turn against the religious leader. None of it was released. Now, this is what is eating Father Mbaka.”