In a statement on Tuesday, the Enugu chapter of the APC told the priest that President Buhari would not fail nor disappoint Nigerians.
Fr Mbaka, who predicted the victory of President Buhari during the 2015 presidential election, during one of his recent sermons said, “there was hunger everywhere.”
“It is not easy everywhere. Hunger is everywhere. Hunger is in the atmosphere… There is sword moving about in the country. People are dying like flies. The sword of hunger is eating the land,” he said.
But a statement by the spokesperson of the party’s chapter in Enugu, Kate Offor, stated that while it agreed with the priest’s analysis of the prevailing economic situation in the country, it has confidence in the ability of the President to solve the situation.
“We wish to reassure Fr Mbaka that President Buhari will not in the fullness of time disappoint Nigerians or fail to fix our dilapidated social and physical infrastructure. Never! Buhari is devotedly committed to pull Nigerians out of poverty, hunger and squalor,” it said.
“His solution is to effectively and prudently implement 2016 and subsequent budgets, so as to fix the decayed infrastructure,” it said.
“On the issue of being slow, Mr President pointed out that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Procurement Act and other extant laws make it impossible for any official to expend monies not appropriated by the National Assembly. Otherwise, he could have dipped his hand into the trillions budgeted and hit the ground running.
“It is pertinent to inform as well that Mr President is embarking on economic diplomacy, travelling the length and breadth of the globe, utilising his huge goodwill to attract foreign investors to fulfil the solemn pledge he made to the good people of Nigeria.
The party, however, stated that it agreed with Fr Mbaka’s statement that the immediate past administration of the Peoples Democratic Party is to blame for the hardship in the country.
It said, “For us yesterday and for true reality is the architecture of today, and nobody can wash yesterday away.
“Therefore, Fr Mbaka is correct in stating that the past regimes sowed the whirlwind we are regrettably reaping today.
“If the $16 billion expended on power supply was prudently expended, if the 3 Greenfield Refineries awarded on 13 May, 2010 was not dead and fund decayed in the sand, if the $8.3 billion spent on the old gauge Lagos-Kano Railway were for standard gauge, if the Enugu-Onitsha, Enugu-Port Harcourt, 2nd Niger Bridge the and other federal roads monies budgeted were not eaten by locust, if the monies meant for Enugu Coal were nor embezzled and if the billions budgeted for our schools and hospitals did not grow wings; hunger couldn’t have been in the land, unemployment could have been drastically reduced and our prosperity could have been guaranteed.”