The Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has lambasted his critics, insisting that God deserves money.
Mbaka said this while responding to the criticisms he received over a video that went viral showing him trying to extract monetery commitment from vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi, during the annual harvest and bazaar celebration of the church to disclose how much he would donate to his church project, PUNCH reports.
The cleric had told a reluctant Obi that God hated stinginess and if he continued to act in such a manner, he and the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, would lose the 2019 election woefully.
In a new video which was posted on Youtube by Dave Partner and had been viewed over 11,000 times as of the time of filing this report, Mbaka, who spoke in English and Igbo interchangeably, said God deserved money and there was nothing wrong with him asking for donations.
The cleric explained that the bazaar day was strictly for raising funds and that it was the only time his church asked for donations.
Mbaka said, “There are some people who are ingrates. These are people from the kingdom of succubus and incubus. I want to tell you that all these things are caused by jealousy and envy. They are not fighting Mbaka for anything wrong.
“Everyone who came was blessed but they turned it against me, saying I am after money. God deserves money. If you don’t want to bring your own in your stinginess, hold it. I will give God all that I have and even if anybody wants to join them, you are free to join them.
“Where God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are, there Fr. Mbka will be. I will build this place for the church. Whoever felt insulted, I apologise. But I didn’t come to your house. It was you who came for the bazaar.”
The cleric said all those fighting him were fighting God. He subsequently asked God to punish his detractors and those “firing arrows at him”.
Although he did not mention any name, Mbaka said any politician who had donated money to his ministry was free to send their bank account number and he would gladly return the donation.
He added, “As for me, I am in high spirits. I want to assure you, those who are thinking that it is their money we will use to build this ministry, before the end of tomorrow, I will send all their monies into their accounts.”
On why he demanded money from Obi publicly, the cleric said he wanted the process of donation to be open and transparent so that no one would accuse him of diverting funds.
Mbaka said every person who made donation on the day the bazaar held did so publicly.
The cleric insisted that he was not partisan, adding that every person, regardless of their political leaning, was free to come to him for blessings.
In a related development, an Anambra State-based prophet, Daniel Udoka, has tipped Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Obi, to win the 2019 presidential election.
Udoka, who spoke with journalists in Awka, the Anambra State capital on Friday, faulted Mbaka who had, on Sunday, declared that Atiku and Obi might not win next year’s presidential poll.
While saying Atiku would record a landslide victory in the poll, Udoka said Atiku’s government would heal the country’s wounds, adding that his administration would be better than all past governments.
Udoka had in 2017 predicted the victory of Willie Obiano in the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State.
“And God said that Atiku’s administration will be better than the four administrations before him put together,” he added.