ENUGU – The Southern Nigeria Christian Elders’Forum, SOCEF, Sunday, faulted the prophetic message of Enugu Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, concerning President Goodluck Jonathan.
Addressing journalists shortly after their meeting in Enugu, the Forum said Fr. Mbaka’s message was merely his personal opinion and not from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
The meeting was attended by Archbishops, Bishops and other Christian leaders from the South-West, South-South and the South-East, including Most Rev. A.N.C Anikwenwa, Bishop Dr. Peter Ogumuyiwa, Most Rev. Caleb Maduoma, Rev. Dr. Felix Ekiye, among others.
The Chairman of the Forum, Bishop David Eberechukwu, said it was not the first time Fr, Mbaka would be making such claims.
“In 2003, he said that then Governor Chimaroke Nnamani would not get re-election and that if that happens, he would remove his cassock; indeed, Chimaroke was re-elected and up till today, he has not removed his cassock.
“So, his message is just a personal opinion; it didn’t come from the impulse of the Holy Spirit”, he maintained.
In a 10-point communique issued by the Forum and read by Bishop Eberechukwu, the group stated that for the sake of equity and fairness, President Goodluck Jonathan should be allowed to complete a second tenure on behalf of the South-South zone.
“We note that the South-West zone has occupied the seat of the presidency of this country for eight years, from 1999-2007. It was on the basis of principle of rotation that the next President of the Federal Republic came from the North-West. If the cold hands of death had not taken him away from us, that occupant of the presidency from the North-West would havebeen elected for a second term.