I would have hit Buhari if no minister emerged from South East – Father Mbaka

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Outspoken Enugu-based cleric and founder of Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has advised Nigerians against heaping unnecessary blame on President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari, according to the Catholic priest, is not the cause of the sorry state of the nation.

Mbaka gave this charge in Enugu on Saturday in a sermon at his weekly Adoration Ministry, NAN reports.

He equally lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing ministers from the southeast zone and assigning them with good portfolios.

The cleric also warned those agitating for the Republic of Biafra to go back to their business as the protest could lead to their death.

“Locking up your shops and disrupting economic activities will not add any naira to your pocket, whatever grievance you have could be resolved through dialogue,” the cleric was quoted as saying.

He lambasted those leaders that were behind the agitation and protests, saying they should use their children for the struggle.

He said that the five states in the zone had a minister each as prescribed by the Nigerian constitution.

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“President Buhari’s action has proven that the South-East has not been marginalised. I would have reacted if no minister emerged from the zone,” he said.

He blamed Igbo leaders for not living up to the expectation of the people in the area, adding that past governors, National Assembly members failed woefully in discharging their mandates.

“President Buhari is not the cause of poor roads, unemployment and other decay infrastructures in the South East, we should blame our leaders.

“Most of the roads had been awarded but our leaders squandered the fund, even the university teaching hospital in Enugu is a no-go-area and our leaders are not concerned about it,” he said.

Mbaka called on the new Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to use his office to employ youths in the zone, adding that it would stop what he called another Boko Haram in the South East if not curtailed.

He praised Buhari’s war against corruption, saying it had enthroned due process and sanity in governance.

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