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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Ejike Mbaka, Prophecy And Law: Recalling Oliver Wendell Holmes By Vitus Ozoke


"The prophecies of what the courts will do in fact, and nothing more pretentious, are what I mean by the law" (Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes). 

I could not help but recall the above classic quote as I struggled to understand this cacophony of phoney baloney ringing out of Nigeria's eco-chamber.

So, Fr. Ejike Mbaka makes a prophetic declaration for the new year, something every average Nigerian does on each new year day; his declaration comes to pass - in an environment where ninety-nine percent of prophetic pronouncements fail; and now he is being demonized and vilified? Really? 

I guess my question is why? Why is Fr. Mbaka being demonized? For having a deep prophetic insight and calling it spot on, or just for being Fr. Mbaka? It cannot be the former, that'll be bizarre even by Nigerian standards. It has to be the latter. But even the latter does not have much that recommends it against foolishness.

First, it cannot be politics. You cannot accuse Mbaka of a political play here, if by politics is meant influencing the course of politics. Fr. Mbaka did not campaign for Hope Uzodimma, nor against Emeka Ihedioha. His prophetic prouncements were made when elections had already been completed and there was none imminent.

Fr. Mbaka prophetically preempted a pending decision of the Supreme Court. How is that reason to attack, demonize, and vilify the man of God? There are a couple of ways to look at it. One way is that the honorable Justices of the Supreme Court leaked their decision to Mbaka before they delivered it, and some conspiracy theorists have gone down that ridiculous rabbit hole. Well, if that is the case, direct your angst at the Justices of the Supreme Court. It will be an egregious abuse of process and a very dishonorable thing for the honorable Justices to do. 

The other way to look at it is that the honorable Justices of the Supreme Court did not leak their decision to Fr. Mbaka but that their decision was influenced and guided by Fr. Mbaka's prophecy. Again, if that is the case, direct your angst at the Justices. Direct your angst at the Justices because, obviously, when it comes to prophecies and the law, they have not heeded the wise counsel of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in his seminal essay, "The Path of the Law".

Regarding prophecy, Justice Holmes wrote: "I wish, if I can, to lay down some first principles for the study of this body of dogma or systematized prediction which we call the law, for men who want to use it as the instrument of their business to enable them to prophesy in their turn, and, as bearing upon the study, I wish to point out an ideal which as yet our law has not attained...The prophecies of what the courts will do in fact, and nothing more pretentious, are what I mean by the law."

If the Justices of the Nigerian Supreme Court missed that class in which Oliver Wendell Holmes spoke of what the courts will do as the only prophecies that mattered, then blame it on them, not Fr. Mbaka.

But, seriously, if you really agree that Fr. Mbaka's prophecy influenced the decision of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, then let's crown him king. If the prophecy of a young Catholic Igbo priest from Enugu state influenced the decision of a predominantly Muslim Justices of the Supreme Court, then canonize Fr. Mbaka and make him president. He is the man that can unite the country to a common purpose.

However you look at it, Fr. Mbaka has done nothing to deserve the vicious trolls and attacks. I have not always agreed with everything Mbaka says and does, but to demonize him for a correct prophecy is ludicrous. Back off.

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