Jonathan Should Resign, and Let Nigeria Be

By Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka —

In the year 2014, we had a lot of bloodshed in this country. People were dying like rats without anybody asking about them. This country suffered a lot of blood experience. Many of us witnessed that people were in tears. Just like the ancient world, the year 2014 – the ‘4’ in it had the queen in it, which had to do with death. Our leaders failed us with reckless abandon and nobody asked them questions.

The so-called democracy was a hidden autocracy. It was a deceptive and questionable quack miler. Nigerians suffered hunger unnecessarily. We heard about oil subsidy being removed and added — whatever is their jargon, nobody understood them. We heard about minimum wage — the civil servant suffered, the minimum wage was not paid and we were all calm. In 2015, Nigerians will not be calm again.

We need change. Whatever it will be, let it be. This is my golden message to my beloved country. What actually is happening (O gini n’eme)? The multitude of our youths, the quality young men, quality young women, brilliant youths, but nobody has plans for any of you. Our so-called leaders should come and apologize. In 2015, it shall not continue like that.

By the grace of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are announcing, spiritually, change! 2015 should not be a year of any hooligan manoeuvring to hijack power. This is our New Year message.  Listen, when you go home, tell anybody you see that from the oracle of the Holy Spirit, we are announcing change (AMEN). Can somebody help me to shout “change!” in Jesus’ holy name.

Look at what it’s like, as I’m yet to bless your families, bless your industries, bless your destinies. Come 2015, your plans are blessed, your visions are blessed, your locomotive society is blessed. I cover this year with the blood of Jesus. I seal this year with the blood of Jesus.

My message is in two folds. No. 1, the theme of this first message to my fellow countrymen is from good luck to bad luck. Once upon a time, the whole countrymen were crying for a leader who would help us move forward with our economy, have an authentic democracy, give our unemployed youths jobs, enable our power to be steady, who would industrialize Nigeria, who would encourage mass education and agriculture in Nigeria, [who] having in view that oil would soon drop, give us security at a maximum level. By the grace of God, there emerged a Goodluck; all of us were happy, the Goodluck met Yar’ Adua and Yar’ Adua died.

May the Holy Spirit help me as I utter this message, I know many will misunderstand it, but it will stand the test of time and you will know I’m speaking the truth: The Goodluck met Yar’Adua and Yar’Adua died. Before you know it, the Goodluck met our oil and the oil had bad luck and poured away; before we knew it, the Goodluck met our naira, our naira had bad luck. Where are we going? What is the fate of this country? Shall we continue like this? We need change.

As I’m speaking with you, most of our civil servants did not celebrate their Christmas. The Christmas season that should be a good-luck time became a bad-luck time for Nigerians… forgetting that very soon, from 3rd January, the children will go back to school and the parents are going to pay school fees. From where? Are they going to use their urine to pay? But where is the good water even if they are going to use their urine? Are they going to use their stool to pay the school fees of their children? You have to eat well to defecate.

What is the fate of our children? Tears fill my eyes when I see our young graduates hoping and walking our streets. What is the meaning of kidnapping? Kidnapping is the grandson of unemployment. Boko Haram is a great-grandchild of the same unemployment, mass looting, and poor governance.

I’m not saying that Goodluck is a bad man. He is a good man. But he cannot lead Nigeria. As things stand right now, from the oracle of the Holy Spirit, Jonathan should honourably resign quietly and let Nigeria be. The destiny of Nigeria is greater than Goodluck Jonathan. The good luck in Jonathan has become bad luck to Nigerians. Whatever brought him in should send him back and let Nigeria be.

By this time, in a few months to come, many are going to lose their jobs and there is no alternative. During election, Jonathan will answer Azikiwe, Ebele and become an Igbo man and, after election, the Ebele, the Azikiwe and Goodluck will vanish from his identity. Who is fooling whom actually?

Look at our federal roads. We are not even asking for new ones. Roads built by Buhari and the Babangidas —  the so-called Hausa people— cannot be maintained. Follow Enugu here to Onitsha, children born some years ago do not know that there was a lane along the other side of Isiagwu and we are all saying “continue”. The continuity of Jonathan means disaster to Nigeria.

We need change. May the Holy Spirit help me to vocalize what he has shown me while I was waiting on him to give me a message for my people. I’m worried about the future of you my children. Go to school, go to school — mention any government school functioning in Nigeria now? Our schools are dilapidated. Nigeria is like an egg about to break in the hands of Jonathan Goodluck and we cannot allow it to happen. It is so unfortunate that pastors are becoming vultures around the president. Pastors are becoming hawks around him, eating the porridge of Jacob and selling their prophetic rights. And anointing is being merchandised in Aso Rock — carrying our naira, turning it to dollars and carrying it in jets moving out of the country.

Listen, this is the voice on the pulpit: all these men of God, who are telling Jonathan to continue because they are benefitting one thing or the other, you should question your apostolic, prophetic anointing. What the Bible says is that Samson did not know that the Holy Spirit had left him. Let them watch if the Holy Spirit is still in them.

Listen, they will begin to tell us this one is a Christian, the other one is a Muslim. I don’t believe in that. Who is a Christian more than Judas? Did Judas not betray Jesus? Judas was not just a Christian, he was not just a mere apostle, he was a super apostle like a cardinal but at a time he messed up and the Bible says his office, let another take. That is the normal thing.

The way Nigeria is going right now, the office of Goodluck Jonathan let another take. I’m not campaigning for anybody. I’m filled with tears over what is happening in Nigeria. Some of us who have nongovernmental organisations funding charity — I know what I’m suffering. The more they are looting our resources, the more they are rendering you unemployed; the more some of us suffer the more. If I have been paying for the school fees of 500 people, it would now jack up to 3,000 or more.

What the government should do, individuals are struggling to achieve. When there is no road, no power — all these fake promises… where is the power? That Onitsha [Second Niger] Bridge, has it now been built? No. After six years, and Goodluck has what it takes to do whatever. He surrounded himself with hooligans. By the time he comes down, he won’t have anybody to work with. He played himself into the hands of hooligans.

My interest is about the wellness of this country. Nigeria must survive what we are passing through by the help of God. The same God who saved us from Ebola will save us from this bad-luck season.

Look at it, there was a time there was an argument about pension fund – some billions. Who is talking about it now? Billions and we were hearing it… from excess crude oil money: where is the impact of the excess crude oil money? Now from oil boom, it has met bad luck; it’s now oil doom. If my father would be my leader and my siblings would all die, let a stranger be my leader and let my family be. All I’m trying to tell you is that we have not entered into any covenant with anybody.

Last time, the First Lady came here. We are not partisan; we welcomed her. We did a spiritual drama here, lifted four birds to fly up; the main one that should fly up refused to go. I did everything possible and that one is the healthiest of them all but refused to fly and the spirit of God said, don’t disturb him.

When God rejected Saul, David took over. Let me tell you, in the history of Nigeria, we have never experienced bloodshed as we have in the time of Goodluck. If Goodluck means bloodshed for Nigerians, are you waiting until your own blood is shed?

We need change — however God will do it. Look at the insecurity, if you go to the northern part of Nigeria.

My fellow priests, my fellow pastors, don’t just stand up to attack this message, because you have mouths. Think well before you put your mouth — the voice is beyond your own contribution. Listen, are you waiting for your own church to be bombed before you speak out? If you go to Maiduguri, some parishes have closed down. Go to Potiskum. People no longer go to church on Sundays in many parts of this country. Now imagine a scenario where a president cannot fight a simple insurgence. This is not an external country attack o! It is not like another country invaded Nigeria. It is an intra-distraction. And many of us are claiming that it was because Buhari said that he was going to make Jonathan’s government ungovernable. Listen, let’s assume Buhari said something like that, even though it’s not Buhari who said it. So if you are the president and somebody says something like that, will you not arrest such a person?

  • Fr Mbaka lives in Enugu.

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