Don’t Be Carried Away By Umahi’s Gift, Group Warns Mbaka

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Controversial Catholic Cleric and Director of Adoration Ministry, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, has been urged to avoid being carried away by Governor Dave Umahi’s handing over of King David Medical School, Uburu, to the Church.

Mbaka who said that the Ebonyi State Governor’s donation “is already shaking the heavens,” was warned that the Governor cannot bribe God with such gift.

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) stated this in Abuja, in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday.

The group while calling on the revered Catholic Priest to visit Ebonyi State to see the reality on the ground, alleged that the administration in the state has elevated cosmetic governance and made praise-singing a glorified art in the state.

Governor Umahi had on Sunday October 24, 2021 attended Fr. Mbaka’s Church annual Thanksgiving, Harvest and Bazaar service where he made the statement.

Reacting to Mbaka’s remarks, AESID President Amb. Paschal Oluchukwu, said the Cleric’s “heroic assessment of Governor Umahi’s nearly eight years reign on the saddle as Ebonyi Governor does not, we repeat does not in any way reflect the current realities of massive hunger and anthropogenic poverty created by the flyover and disco-lights-centric administration in control of the welfare of nearly four million Ebonyians.”

He added that “apart from our misgivings that such project which Umahi has been parading as though it is a personal gift was executed with a yet-to-be-accounted-for public funds, we wish to draw Fr. Mbaka’s attention to the fact that the land the so-named King David Medical School, Uburu is situated formerly belonged to the Presbyterian Church and is yet being contended even in a Court of law. More so is the fact that Umahi, except for his declaration at the Bishop’s inauguration was yet to come up with any concrete plans and terms on how he wants the institution to run and operate.”

Amb. Paschal said the Ebonyi government was yet to answer nagging questions regarding the handing over of the institution to the Church.

“Besides, Umahi’s governance style, we may wish to clarify the revered Catholic Priest has been characterized by deceits, man-made hunger and poverty and wanton intimidations cum attacks on opposing voices, no matter how decent. All these, he tries to hide under cover of extravagant donations to churches and the clergy, thinking perhaps, that he can bribe God.”

The pressure group also queried the state governor’s handling of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) crisis in the state, noting that in the Effium community which was affected by crisis, the victims are “scattered in different parts of the North and Central Senatorial zones in the state with some still sleeping under Ezzamgbo flyover without foods, clothing or shelter following the destruction of their homes by their attackers.”

It equally carpeted the government, asking for answers to what it “has donated to the crying and deprived victims of the international Airport project in Ezza north whose homes were demolished and their property forcefully taken away from them without adequate and reasonable compensations?

“What has Umahi also donated to the hundreds of poverty-tossed Ebonyians lining up on the major roads in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt in daily hustles to sell Gala and soft drinks just to put foods on their table?

What happened to the enumeration for empowerment of such poor Ebonyians done by his government sometime at the twilight of his administration? Or is Umahi unaware of the scripture that he who gives to the poor lends to God?

“How about the workers and retirees whose welfares, salaries, pensions, gratuities and emoluments he has completely neglected in pursuit of his greed-driven, so-called development strides? Has Umahi remembered even the hungry casual labourers he sees daily at the Abakaliki township stadium and Vanco junctions near the old Government House?”

While expressing disappointment over the governor’s donation, the statement said: “It is very unreasonable for anyone to think that by merely constructing less impactful flyovers and concrete roads, Umahi is turning Ebonyi into Dubai-a 21st century world class city that creates massive jobs and opportunities for its people.

The statement therefore called on Fr. Mbaka and the people to be worried that Ebonyi still largely depends on Enugu-based Aqua Rapha sachet water factory as its main source of portable water despite the presence of fountains in strategic parts of the Abakaliki capital city.

It further advised the Clergy to seek answers to the state’s level of borrnoing which has placed a heavy debt burden on economic growth and per capital income.

“Borrowing to waste and lavish same on flyovers and bogus concrete road and other infrastructural jamboree projects like Umahi is currently doing in Ebonyi only spells serious doom for the future of the state and God’s servants like Mbaka should better be intimated. These, and many more are the reasons we strongly believe that Mbaka must really be disconnected from the true position of things regarding the Umahi regime in Ebonyi state.”

According to the statement, with the level of insecurity that Ebonyi is facing now, it should have been a time for critical sober reflections because security and the welfare of the people remains in any part of the world, the primary purpose a government must serve.

“The clergy, the church should therefore, like the rest of reasonable Ebonyians should not be deceived by the miracle-shopping governor. For it is our strongest confident that with the masses, our dear state shall yet reclaim its glory that is now fading away in cosmetic and flyover governance!”

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