Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo reacted to a prophecy by the Spiritual Director of the Ministry of Holy Spirit Worship, Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma that Fulani terrorists would attack him (Soludo).
Obimma, popularly known as Ebube Muonso, had in his prophecy, said to have seen shepherds with tribal marks invade the Anambra government house as the governor ran in a pool of blood.
The priest, who was addressing his congregation in a viral video, said it was necessary to pray for the state and Soludo, as he also said the governor should pray for himself.
The cleric also said the governor, who was sworn in on March 17, generally performed below expectations; particularly in safety and waste management.
Ebube Muonso, had criticized Soludo for the poor management of waste in the state, adding that the governor had yet to show Ndi Anambra that they had not made a mistake in voting for him in the last poll of governorate.
The cleric also reminded the governor of his promise to make Anambra look like Dubai and America; and that he must not disappoint the people of the State.
He also noted a number of issues that needed attention including gunmen and insecurity issues as well as other prophetic statements.
But Soludo in his answer, said that although the priest has a monopoly on the power of the pulpit, such a monopoly demands a responsibility from the cleric to be careful and mature about how he uses that power.
Soludo, in a six-point post that has gone viral online, said, “I don’t believe these political or ghostly ‘prophecies’ are designed for gallery play.
“It’s not my upbringing and my faith as a Catholic. You have my contact and assuming something was “revealed” to you as a threat to my life, do you really believe the best way to communicate it is on your pulpit?
“As an Orthodox Catholic, I was raised not to mix issues with a man of God. I have been in the public space for two decades and appreciate feedback and criticism from citizens, including men. of God.
“I await your comments, advice and even criticism because they help us to do better because we are certainly not perfect.
“I am writing to you, in the exercise of my duty (as a member of your laity), to advise you as well – but not publicly from the pulpit as you have chosen to do.
“In your prophecy, you certainly have the right to claim that you have ‘seen’ anything and to call for prayer. I need all the prayers in the world and I believe that thousands of people of good will are praying for us and for Anambra.
The Governor said that the man of God through his negative comments failed to recognize the tremendous efforts made by his government to address the challenges of the state.
According to him, while no gubernatorial candidate could campaign freely in the entire Anambra South Senatorial District prior to last year’s elections because the area was totally taken over by unknown gunmen, no one did not hear the voice of Ebube Muonso.
The governor added: ‘I was almost a victim. Nobody heard your voice. In my inaugural address, I devoted paragraphs to addressing the issue. And Ndi Anambra from all over the world calls for solidarity and offers support.
“I wish that God also “reveals” the identity of the criminals to you so that we eliminate them. I know you are a man of God and I deeply respect all of God’s anointed, but making inflammatory and savage statements about safety from the pulpit should be restrained.
“Father, I expect you to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. We admire you and your thousands of followers deserve leadership and direction.
However, in a statement on Tuesday, Soludo’s press officer Christian Aburimé urged people to ignore the article, even though he “inadvertently” addressed the issues raised by the cleric.
The statement titled “Trending Writing on Prophecies of Father Ebube Muonso” said in part: “The above writing on certain social media trends should be disregarded, even though it inadvertently addressed the unfortunate issues raised by our respected and most revered. clergyman, the spiritual director of worship ministries, Uke, Rev Fr. Obimma, popularly called Ebube Muonso.
“Soludo would not be distracted from delivering good governance to the right people in Anambra State.
“Soludo, at all times, has respect for the clergy, the church and indeed all men and women of God and will not join them.
“The Governor further enjoins the good citizens of Anambra State to perform their lawful duties without fear of molestation, and has assured that the safety of their lives and property is the main priority of his government.”
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