In the tedium of the 2015 presidential electioneering, a Catholic priest, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka crept up stealthily from relative religio- politico obscurity to national consciousness with an abrasive revelation of the divine rejection of ex- president Goodluck Jonathan and an emphatic affirmation and ordination of Muhammadu Buhari in his stead. And it came to pass. With utmost respect and trepidation, a massive siege has been thrown around him every bend of the way for his portal prophecies.
He has remained circumspect, eerie, crimson blank to his prompters and unyielding to the extent of refuting certain allusions credited to him. But the resolve melted in the maelstrom of the New Year. With the sartorial ambience of the holy book ostensibly from Isaiah 64: 4 “ God will do what he said he will do”, the man of God brutally appealed to President Buhari to perish the ambition of running for a second term in office to avoid disgrace. Mbaka in the last three years has assumed the role of a radical messianic prophet, a Nazarene/ Hebraic interventionist with the rare pedigree of always looking ahead. The mark of his prophetic insight burns through Nigeria.
Having wound up in demonstrable fulfillment in the Jonathan episode, he seems to be joining Greg Laurie in saying that “Bible prophecy is not given to scare us but to prepare us for what’s ahead”. Those in utter spite and disdainful of prophecies often align with Eric Hofer’s ordinance that “Those in possession of absolute power cannot only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true”. For the rabid supporters of the president, this lone straw offers a helpline and sensitivity to blindness. As half- blood of the eldest dogs in the party they would feign the patience of the saints waiting for the “serpent” to eat his own tail. They are resplendent in the hackneyed belief that “the prophecies of our imagination can be pretty accurate”- Rob Brezsny. They swim in torrents of their dreams where the soul needs to find its calling to be happy.