An association of religious leaders, the Southern Nigeria Christian
Elders Forum, has declared that the Holy Spirit did not inspire the
“prophetic message” delivered by a catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ejike
Mbaka, concerning President Goodluck Jonathan.
Rising from a meeting in Enugu, the Forum said the message was Mbaka’s personal opinion.
The Chairman of the Forum, Bishop David Eberechukwu, who disclosed
the group’s position on the matter, noted that it was not the first time
Mbaka would be making such claims.
Faulting the message, Eberechukwu said, “In 2003, he said that the
then governor Chimaroke Nnamani (of Enugu State) would not get
re-elected and that if it happens, he would remove his cassock; indeed,
Chimaroke was re-elected and up till today, he (Mbaka) has not removed
“So, his message is just a personal opinion – it didn’t come from the impulse of the Holy Spirit”
In a communique which was read by Ebelechukwu, the Forum insisted
that Jonathan should be allowed to complete a second term 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 (late President Umaru
Yar’adua) away from us, that occupant of the presidency from the
North-West would have been elected for a second term.
“In the light of the above, it is our considered view and advice of
the Southern Nigeria Christian Elders Forum, as Christians and citizens
of this country, that the South South should be given the same
opportunity of a second term – therein lies political equity,
accommodation and stability,” the Forum said.
The Forum also called for stronger ties among the southern states,
urging the governors in the region “to revitalize the Southern Nigeria
Governors Forum for the sake of political co-operation and development.”
The group equally expressed concern at the plight of christians in
the northern part of Nigeria, against a backdrop of the Boko Haram
insurgency and the political tension in the build up to the general
They also condemned provocative utterances by politicians in the course of the ongoing campaigns.