Soludo tackles Catholic priest over prophecy about gunmen

Charles Soludo

Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo has called on the spiritual director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr Emmanuel Obimma aka Ebube Muo Nso, to exercise restraint while speaking on some matters on the pulpit.

Soludo’s reaction followed a prophecy the priest gave publicly that he saw herdsmen with tribal marks invading Anambra Government House while the governor was running out in a pool of blood.

The priest also criticised Soludo, saying the governor was performing below expectations especially in security and waste management.

However, Soludo replied in a six-point write-up which went viral online. He said, “I don’t believe these political or phantom ‘prophecies’ are designed to play to the gallery.

“That’s not my upbringing and faith as a Catholic. You have my contact and assuming that anything was ‘revealed’ to you as a threat to my life, do you really believe that the best way to communicate it is on your pulpit?”

The forner governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria admitted that he needs all the prayers he can get, but that the priest is entitled to claim that he ‘saw’ anything, and to call for prayers.

Soludo knocked Ebube Muo Nso for maintaining silence when the entire Anambra South Senatorial District was totally taken over by gunmen in the build-up to the election last year.

“I was almost a victim. No one heard your voice. In my inaugural address I devoted paragraphs to address the issue. And Ndi Anambra from all over the world are calling in solidarity and offering support.

“I wish God will also ‘reveal’ to you the identity of the criminals so that we take them out. I know that you are a man of God and I deeply respect all of God’s anointed, but making incendiary and wild claims about security under the cover of the pulpit should be moderated,” he said.

However, in a statement on Tuesday, Soludo’s press secretary Christian Aburime urged the people to ignore the write-up, even though it has “inadvertently” addressed the issues raised by the cleric.