Prominent clergyman and televangelist, Tunde Bakare has stated that the Northern region will decide who will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
In an interview with ThisDay over the weekend, Bakare stated that any politician that wants to govern the country must negotiate with the North in order to see his or her dreams come true.
The Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church added that Nigeria is structured in such a way that no region win can an election by itself, saying that negotiation is very key.
Bakare stated that the North is not as viable as it used to be, saying that it is unlikely if the region would willingly give up power.
He said: “The way our country is constituted right now, no matter who wants to lead this country. Anyone that wants to lead this country right now will have to negotiate with the north and the north has a way of giving you the crown and holding the sceptre and if that’s going to change, our glorified death certificate called the Nigerian constitution must have to go through a rejig.
“I honestly will say, almost all the things that were going for the north in the days of Ahmadu Bello are no longer there. The textile industries where they dominated are not there anymore. The groundnut pyramids, etc. And what they have is what they hold. They have power.
“Nigeria is structured in such a way that no section can win an election by itself. The southerner cannot win an election without reaching out to the north and the northerner cannot win the election without reaching out to the south.”
Bakare added that the Muhammadu Buhari government has failed in most of its promises to Nigerians, stating that a lot of things have gone worse since the President assumed office in 2015.
The popular pastor stated that he will continue to criticise the current government in order to do better and would “never sacrifice truth on the altar of friendship”.
He said: “Our expectations were very high. Sometimes, I have sat down to think that, ah, as president, has Buhari not demystified himself, because the expectations of Nigerians were very high when he was coming to power.
“To start with, the kind of ill health he had, he had never had such a thing and that affected grossly the first term. That ill health was a major thing. That he is still alive today is a miracle.
“If you put all the six years he has spent, other than infrastructure development, the promise he made to the public concerning Boko Haram or security, we know it has gone worse, as far as I am concerned.
“They say it’s not as bad as we think. But I need to be convinced. The rail track, a few days ago to Kaduna, they bombed. When my brother, Nasir el-Rufai said I should take the train to Kaduna, I said I will wait.
“They are trying their hardest, but no matter from which angle you’re looking at it, whether it is economic, whether it is politics, whether it is security, you will have something negative to say.
“But it is easier to be critical than correct. I will not beat my chest until I sit on that seat and do better.”