The Senior Pastor of the Citadel Global Community Church, Tunde Bakare, said he was not hurt by his loss at the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He made this known on Friday at the Gathering of Sons and Daughter event, organised by the CGCC Diaspora Fellowship, in Atlanta, USA.
In his sermon titled, ‘Global mission and globalisation: Avenues for expressing the dominion mandate’, Bakare said his defeat at the APC primary election did not drive him into depression.
The renowned cleric asserted that God’s plans for the country would be unveiled after the inauguration of the next President on May 29, 2023, adding that Nigeria would become the 22nd member of the G20 once she got its act together.
He said: “I saw the train pass a second time at the APC convention, there was no name written on it. When I asked God what it meant, he told me ‘it is not over. I will be ready for you and me to face God on May 29 until then stay calm.
“You will score zero and you will wear it as a badge of honour, you must gain strength and you must build and increase the investment in your relationships without compromising your faith. So, when you speak against certain things, people will listen.
“Don’t look down on yourself. The G20 will have to become G22. You cannot ignore Nigeria when it turns around for good. We will sit among the brotherhood of the world.”
Bakare said the dispersal and migration were not “brain drain” to the nation, but an expansion of the capacity of the nation to groom, exhibit and showcase its talents on the global stage.
The cleric stressed that the migration of many Nigerians was part of God’s plan to equip Nigeria after many had left the country due to insecurity to seek greener pastures.
Bakare urged Nigerians in the diaspora to conduct themselves in honesty and avoid looking down on Nigeria and Nigerians at home, even as he tasked them to build relationships without losing their integrity.
“I don’t call it brain drain, they will be back. They have gone to learn something and they will be back. Some will die there just as some Israelites died in the wilderness. They would have learnt something that would have let their children be better off,” he said.