President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja praised Father Ejike Mbaka of the Adoration Ministries, Enugu, for his exemplary courage, citing an inspired homily he delivered early this year.
The president, who was speaking when the Catholic priest paid a courtesy visit to him at State House, described the message as one of the best exhortations to the nation he has heard from the pulpit.
"Thank you very much for what you have done and said,” he said to his guest. “It brought you out to the whole country as a man of courage. It was honest and well delivered. It has gone into the records as one of the best concerns expressed from the pulpit, not because it favoured me and my party, the All Progressives Congress, but because it was good for the country."
President Buhari reaffirmed his conviction that change will come to the country, "with a lot of hard work, despite the security and economic problems," and appealed for the continued understanding and patience of Nigerians.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was present at the President's audience with Father Mbaka, described the priest as a man "who stood for truth and propriety, and declared corruption unacceptable."
He added that the Buhari administration "is committed to truth and justice, and won't encourage corruption in any way."
Fr. Mbaka gained prominence in the run up to the 2015 presidential election when he boldly declared to his teeming followers that erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan would not be re-elected because of the pervasive corruption and insecurity in the land.
He stated today that he was happy with the mission and methodology of the Buhari administration, and wished the President, who turned 73 on Thursday, a happy birthday.