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Address Marginalisation of Igbo Now, Bakare Tells Buhari

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The Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the marginalisation of Igbo in the country.

He made this known on Saturday during the online event hosted by a group of Nigerians in Diaspora, PTB4Nigeria in Canada in commemoration of the June 12 Democracy Day.

Bakare noted that the 1999 Constitution is fraudulent and inconsistent, adding that it should be replaced by a new constitution put together by Nigerians.

The cleric condemned the calls for secession and breakup of the country, saying that Nigeria was better as one.

Bakare added that the trouble with Nigeria was the failure of leadership and not the followership.

He said, “And the way to do that is to allow people selected or voted or appointed from different groups to sit down and carve it and then you subject it to referendum and the people say, ‘we are for it’. It’s a simple thing. You see all this trying to tinker with the constitution; I am just laughing because in the process… let me just restrain myself there because I don’t want others to think their effort is not appreciated.

“But the truth of the matter is you can paper-wall a crack all you want to, it’s a matter of time. The crack will surface. This constitution is not by the people and it’s not for the people. Even President Obasanjo did not see the constitution that he swore to because it had not been prepared the morning he was sworn into power; all these things are in the public domain. It’s not for us and it’s not by us. It is nothing but a fraud, especially because it says, ‘we the people’. When did we sit to agree on it? That constitution is just a matter of time, it will be discarded. It will be part of our history. It’s mumbo-jumbo. It’s not Nigerian constitution. It’s a military imposed constitution.”

Bakare said the country had a chance at returning to national ideals through reconciliation, reconstitution and reconstruction.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.