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Opinion: Why Mbaka was not among the Igbo high-powererd delegation that met Buhari in ASO Rock

The Igbo leaders of a high-powered delegation yesterday met President Buhari in a closed-door meeting in ASO Rock. Insecurity, seccession activities, and Kanu topped the agenda of the meeting. The Igbo leaders were led by the first republic parliamentarian and former minister, Mbazulike Amechi.

It's obvious that many people were expecting to see the presence of the Igbo fiery priest, the adoration ministry spiritual director, Rev. Father Ejikeme Mbaka. Mbaka was a frontline preacher both of the word of God and of political activities. Even though he was not a party man, but an ardent Igbo man who was interested in the welfare of the South-east people and Nigeria at large, on different occasions, Mbaka called on President Buhari to consider the freedom of Nnamdi Kanu. 

A few days ago, he was in Abuja on issues bordering on insecurity, Kanu's freedom, etc. He declared that Kanu would not be allowed to die in detention, saying that it would be of great consequence. 

There are a few reasons why Mbaka was missing, which include:

Those who visited President Buhari are people who don't play partisan politics; they don't have any interest in anything apart from the unity of Nigeria. They have a track record of not having any sympathy for the agitation leader, but for the Igbo community and Nigeria at large. Even though Father Mbaka qualified in all these categories, his recent stance on Buhari's administration may hamper the opportunity for a better response from Mr. Buhari.

On many occasions, the adoration priest has criticised President Buhari because of national issues and because of the leader of the outlawed IPOB group. Going to meet Buhari on Kanu's freedom may not give the desired results, since Buhari may see it as another way of attacking his administration. It's important that meeting Buhari was purely a pleading journey and not to coerce the FG. It's obvious that now that the people who are apolitical and are not critics of Buhari's administration have met with him, it's obvious that the President would answer their plea, as he has already declared.

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