By Tim Tochukwu
For Biafra Choice Writers
Two men were discussing in a commercial vehicle as they journeyed from Enugu, the capital of Enugu state, to Onitsha, the commercial capital of Anambra State. The discussion eventually centered on Ejike Camillus Anthony Ebenezer Mbaka, the priest popularly known as Father Mbaka, who operates in Enugu and its environs.
Mbaka is the Catholic Priest at Emene Parish of the Church. He was recently transferred from GRA Enugu Parish, where he had become flippantly unappreciative of the people he was leading; but his attention has been unduly focused on his business ventures and the government functionaries would deliver undue advantages to him.
The men were discussing him unperturbed, even in that public place. They had no care in the world as they spoke, in spite of the fact that they were in an area with huge Catholic density. They did not care whether other people were listening to their conversation, and so the Biafra Choice Writer at the scene listened with rapt attention.
They were discussed especially his business ventures, which one of them (Okorie) described as abuse; as well as his public utterances, which they intoned (Ikedi) said had become more of an embarrassment than anything else – not only for Catholics but for Christians as a whole. Together, they noted that nothing mattered to the Mbaka longer than his businesses and the money they bring him. “I wonder if he still finds time to study the Bible and give messages to his congregation apart from singing to them the songs he had used to make money” said Ikedi.
“The way he is going, many people no longer have time to take the words of Catholic priests serious nor take Christianity serious. Can’t you see that all the people he promoted like Buhari, who is said would solution to Nigeria’s problems has failed and is right now on the run” Okorie replied him.
So many demeaning things were said about Mbaka, while his character and integrity as a priest was completely impugned. Uncharacteristically of Christians, of all the people there, none challenged or cautioned them on wrong attitude of speaking ill of a servant of God.
Eventually, this Biafra Choice Writer had no choice than to weigh in and caution them. So after interjecting, yours truly reminded them that scripture does not support speaking ill of God’s servants. That sometimes it leads to disastrous consequences for those do.
The one called Okorie wanted to know whether such consequences come when men speak truth of the wicked things they have observed. How can a man, who claims to be speaking to God, tell a population of up to 200 million people that a man will solve their problem, but the contrary becomes the case? I am sure if it were in the Old Testament, they will stone such a man to death.
The one called Ikedi supported his friend. He said, “Yes! We are not speaking ill of a man of God, but rather we are speaking truth about him. Continuing he said: “Besides, even if I speak ill of him, God will not be angry because God has already rejected him. If you see Mbaka, tell him I said so. God has rejected him”.