- Bakare says it’s better for all regions of the country to work together.
- Hopes Buhari’s legacy is not rubbished.
The Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said: “no ethnic group has the monopoly to rule Nigeria.”
Bakare who expressed his displeasure over some notions that those from a certain section of the country cannot be trusted with power said although zoning was not in the constitution, it had proven useful for Nigeria’s quest for unity.
Speaking on Sunday in a chat with journalists shortly after making a national broadcast on the state of the nation during the Sunday service in his church in the Ogba area of Lagos, the popular pastor who said he would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 urged the president to rise above sentiments.
“Time has come to sit on a table of brotherhood and that’s why I said a President like President Muhammadu Buhari must rise up above partisanship and above petty ethnic sentiments, like Abraham Lincoln, like George Washington, to say let’s sit down, Nigeria must move forward.
“It is bigger than any of us and it will be better for us to work together by getting the best of the North and the best of the South to think through the road path for the greatness of this nation.
“I detest the saying that a particular section of this country must not be trusted with power; no! Then, we cannot live together because nobody is going to be a servant to anybody.”
For Nigeria to move forward, the cleric said the different ethnic groups must collaborate and do away with mutual suspicion.
“This is not time for mutual suspicion; this is a season for collaboration. All the infighting must stop; it is like father and mother are fighting and the children are confused. The season cannot afford this; let’s mend the fences. Let’s come together and let us begin to pursue a strategic objective that will set Nigeria on the path of predictable progress.”
He also prayed that the president succeeds and that his legacies which he mentioned fight against corruption and insecurity will not be rubbished.
Speaking on the aanti-corruption drive of Buhari’s administration, Bakare said the president is to ensure that there is security is so that there will be an opportunity for the country to develop.
“If you spend eight years and there is nothing tangible recorded against your name, that is not right. Remember, for a considerable part of his first term, he was ill; thank God he made it back. It’s like he is doubling efforts now to ensure that a legacy that cannot be erased is left behind because four years will soon come and go.”
Speaking on the call for restructuring, Bakare said he believed Buhari meant well for Nigeria and is not against it.
“I don’t think Buhari is against restructuring. If he is, then I wonder what legacy he wants to leave behind.
“He means well for Nigeria; he wants to leave a legacy and he is doing and trying his hardest within the available resources.
“We are trusting that he will be surrounded by capable men and there will not be mutual suspicion and mistrust among those who are closest to him so that he can focus and get the job done,” Bakare said.