The Serving Overseer, Citadel Global Community Church, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over the arrest and trial of IPOB’s Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.
Recall that Bakare was the running mate to Buhari when the President contested the presidential election on the platform of the now-defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011 and lost.
Speaking during his sermon at the CGCC, the popular cleric dared an official of the regime of the present administration to come after him if the government was offended by his recent pronouncements.
Come after me…
According to him, the Federal Government had jettisoned the search for justice and replaced same with intimidation and brutality against perceived opponents.
“I dare you to come after me since that is the usual style now. You might have done it to others; you are about to learn a lesson if you touch me,” said Bakare.
“If you know what I have done in secret, bring it to the open. I dare you to come after me if you can. I worked with you; I worked for you; I supported you to get there (where you are). When I talk now, I now have a smelly mouth.
“I’m not interested in meeting you any longer; no more visits. Now, it is war, because Nigeria must be set free.”
Bakare did not mention the official he was referring to but Naija News reports that the cleric had backed President Buhari in 2015 and 2019. He had on numerous occasions met with Buhari at the presidential villa to discuss national issues.
Failed three times
Speaking further, the former VP candidate wondered if the official had forgotten what transpired between them when only himself and the official were alone in a room after the official had vowed never to contest the post he had contested and lost out on three occasions (Buhari had contested and lost the presidency on three occasions before winning in 2015).
Bakare added, “Have you forgotten that you vowed never to contest again. I said ‘not so’. I showed you how you can win the next election and you agreed to run and you won. I was not considering myself but concerned about how Nigeria can become great.
“Winning an election is a different thing; doing the right thing is another. No one must behave as if Nigeria is a personal property. Nigeria must be set free and any obstruction along the way must be removed; it must get out of the way.
“I declare to you ‘Nigeria-for-Nigeria Movement’. I’m prepared to lead this movement. Nigeria is not a one man property. This movement will liberate Nigeria.”
Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu
He slammed the Buhari government for clamping down on sectional agitators in the country, explaining, however, that he did not support any one or groups taking up arms against the state.
“I don’t support any act of violence, taking up arms against the country and killing people. Those are in the realm of criminality and anybody doing that must be brought to book,” Bakare said amid prayers and declarations,” Bakare said.
“However, we must realise that what has given rise to the agitation is lack of justice and equity. When there is justice, when there is equity, agitation will die down.
“How can you be expending so much energy on Igboho and Kanu? Igboho and Kanu are not Nigeria’s problems.
“Nigeria must restructure and no one can stop that.”
Source: Naija News