2023: Pastor Tunde Bakare Declares For President

A file photo of Pastor Tunde Bakare.

 

Eminent cleric Tunde Bakare has signalled his interest to run for President in 2023.

In a speech delivered at a virtual meeting on Saturday, Bakare positioned himself as the best person to lead the nation from 2023.

“Against the backdrop of the prevailing state of the nation, we need a leader who can reconcile grievous historical and current differences, reintegrate the
various ethnic and religious constituent parts into true nationhood, and
rebuild the broken walls of federalism while maximising Nigeria’s
diverse geo-economic potential,” he said.

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“This brings me to the brand, PTB. PTB is currently an acronym for Pastor ‘Tunde Bakare. The PTB brand is the rallying point for ‘Project 16.’

“Nevertheless, Project 16 is not just about me. It is not about the presidential ambition of any man. In any case, I do not have a self-generated ambition. What I do have is a vision of a New Nigeria that was birthed in me from childhood and an honest aspiration to serve as the sixteenth president of my beloved nation, Nigeria.”

Bakare was running mate of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential elections under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Restructuring Possible Without Violence, Zoning Debate Immature – Bakare

Pastor Tunde Bakare met with President Muhammadu Buhari on October 15, 2021. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House
Pastor Tunde Bakare met with President Muhammadu Buhari on October 15, 2021. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

 

Pastor Tunde Bakare has said that restructuring Nigeria can take place without violence.

Bakare, who is the founder of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), made this declaration on Friday after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

According to the Serving Overseer of the CGCC, although Nigeria is better off as one nation, such unity must be based on equity, justice, fair play and the rule of law.

Bakare’s statement is a reiteration of his support for the idea of restructuring the country.

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Earlier this year, the cleric in one of his State of the Nation addresses was of the opinion that “we have failed to realise that a strong federal government working with strong federating units can guarantee the security and prosperity of the Nigerian people”.

In his view, “we have failed to appreciate the fact that coordinated governance by the different states in each of the geopolitical zones will enhance the security of Nigerians and bring our people out of poverty.

According to him, “this is the heart and soul of restructuring”.

He went on to explain that restructuring does not mean the dismemberment of the Nigerian state.

“It is not an attack on Nigerian unity. It does not mean disadvantaging any section of the country,” the CGCC founder explained.

While briefing newsmen on Friday, Bakare also explicitly criticized the debate over power rotation describing it as politically immature.

He noted that the idea of zoning has never benefited the region where the power was resident.

He said selecting a leader should be more about what the candidate has to offer. regardless of region.

The cleric called on the best of Nigerians to present themselves for future elections.

‘Adopt electronic voting’

Pastor Bakare also called for the adoption of electronic voting to ensure that no Nigerian of eligible voting age, including those in the Diaspora, are disenfranchised.

He hailed the Senate for reversing its decision on the electronic transmission of election results, adding that the country should go one step further and adopt electronic voting.

On whether he would contest the 2023 presidential election, he said his plans have been made known to the president alone.

He further noted that he would contest if God and Nigerians wants him to.

Pastor Bakare, who has recently criticized the current administration, was Buhari’s running mate under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011.

A few days ago, the cleric asked President Buhari to do away with the 1999 constitution, saying it is a great inhibitor of the nation’s progress.

“Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall! Mr. Gorbachev eventually did, and Germany is better off for it today.

“In the same spirit, I say to President Muhammadu Buhari: Mr President, stop passing the buck to the National Assembly.

“Tear down this inhibiting concoction of a constitution; tear it down so we can build a truly great nation,” Bakare said at what he said might be the last state of the nation address from his church auditorium.

According to the founding pastor of the CGCC, “this is one enduring legacy” that the Buhari-led administration can still secure before their time in power draws to a close.

Bakare further argued that if President Buhari does thrash the 1999 constitution, present and unborn generations of Nigerians will remember him for it and write his name in gold when the history of the period is written.

On the other hand, he stated that if the president fails to heed the call, then, “history will record that you failed to rise to the occasion and squandered a great opportunity”.

Throwing more light on the need to get rid of the 1999 constitution, Pastor Bakare asserted that the constitution was erroneous to say the unity of the nation was not negotiable.

Tear Down 1999 Constitution And Build A Great Nation – Bakare Tells Buhari

 

Pastor Tunde Bakare has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to do away with the 1999 constitution, saying it is a great inhibitor of the nation’s progress.

The Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), made the call on Sunday during a state of the nation address which he titled: ‘The black box of Nigeria’s politics’.

He said, “Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Mr. Gorbachev eventually did, and Germany is better off for it today.

“In the same spirit, I say to President Muhammadu Buhari: Mr President, stop passing the buck to the National Assembly. Tear down this inhibiting concoction of a constitution; tear it down so we can build a truly great nation”.

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According to the founding pastor of the CGCC, “This is one enduring legacy” that the Buhari-led administration can still secure before their time in power draws to a close.

Bakare further argued that if President Buhari does thrash the 1999 constitution, then, present and unborn generations of Nigerians will remember him for it and write his name in gold when the history of the period is written.

On the other hand, he stated that if the president fails to heed the call, then, “history will record that you failed to rise to the occasion and squandered a great opportunity”.

Throwing more light on the need to get rid of the 1999 constitution, Pastor Bakare asserted that the constitution was erroneous to say the unity of the nation was not negotiable.

“The 1999 Constitution was imposed upon the nation by the military and has completely removed the ancient landmark set by our founding fathers in the 1960 Independence Constitution and the subsequent 1963 Republican Constitution respectively.

“For every contractual agreement, the parties are required to sign a document validating the terms and conditions in the reckoning of the law. In the case of Nigeria, our founding fathers, in effect, signed a contract in 1960 detailing the terms and conditions of our union or unity following a series of negotiations.

“Truth be told, the majority of the champions, promoters and supporters of the ‘our unity is non-negotiable’ slogan pay lip service to a version of unity that serves their selfish interests. What they are insisting on, in reality, is that ‘our disunity is non-negotiable,’ and that we must be forced to live together irrespective of the inherent dysfunctionality of the terms and conditions,” Bakare submitted.

He also was of the opinion that a change of guard in the country has become pertinent, adding that the country needs fresh hands and insights into how to fix the problems of Nigeria.

“Everyone looks tired around the President and we need a change of guards to bring competent people to handle critical issues. I’m not advocating coup d’etat, God forbid; that will set us back by many years again. Military coup landed us in the trouble we are,” the cleric enunciated.

He went on to announce the launch of “Nigeria for Nigerians (N4N) Movement”.

In his viewpoint, the movement became imperative because it is time for Nigerians to take the reins and direct their nation’s destiny.

Wading into the zoning discuss, Bakare said it does not matter what region the next president comes from, adding that all that is required is that the individual be qualified and competent to handle Nigeria’s affairs.

Presidency 2023: Bakare Inaugurates N4N Movement

A file photo of Pastor Tunde Bakare.
A file photo of Pastor Tunde Bakare.

 

The Founding Pastor and Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, launched the Nigeria for Nigerians (N4N) movement.

According to Pastor Bakare, the movement became imperative because it is time for Nigerians to take the reins and direct their nation’s destiny.

Bakare declared this during a state of the nation address which he titled: ‘The black box of Nigeria’s politics’, at the church auditorium in Oregun, Lagos.

In his address, the cleric said “time has come for the true progressives to arise, say enough is enough to political hypnosis; it is time to take our country back”.

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“We are stepping in to shape the national conversation beyond elections and begin to lay the groundwork for the restructuring of this nation.

“We will be going to every nook and cranny with our agenda and message. We have only three points on our agenda — restructuring, restructuring and restructuring.

“Therefore, our Distinct Nationhood Agenda, DNA, is simple, it is RUN — Restructuring For United Nigeria – this is what I’m set to advance.

“I’m running and leading a movement called the New Nigeria Progressives Movement.

“We shall join forces with foreign countries, champion reintegration of diverse ethnic groups into true identity until every Nigeria is proud to say ‘I’m a Nigerian’ and also spearhead the orientation of every Nigerian until a minimum of 50 million Nigerians can say ‘no’ to hypnotic democracy,” Bakare declared.

Speaking further on the state of the nation, the clergyman advised President Muhammadu Buhari to do away the 1999 Constitution which he described as an “inhibiting concoction”.

In his view, discarding the “draconian and lopsided” constitution is one enduring legacy that Buhari-led administration can still secure before their time in power draws to a close.

Bakare further stated that the nation needs fresh hands and insights into how to fix the problems of Nigeria, adding that citizens home and abroad must now play an active role in determining the country’s future.

Fish Out Those Who Ordered Lekki Shooting, Bakare Tells Buhari

 

The Serving Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to fish out those behind the shootings at Lekki Tollgate during the #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

The protesters had converged on the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night when they were shot by security operatives shortly after the Lagos State Government declared curfew in the state.

Bakare, who spoke on Sunday during his sermon in church, asked President Buhari to prosecute the soldiers who sent many young Nigerians to their early graves and left other with varying degrees of injuries.

“I strongly recommend that President Buhari should ensure that those who ordered armed soldiers to fire on innocent citizens are fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

The senior pastor admonished Nigerians to be wary of ethnic colorations, religious differences and other divisive means designed to distract them from the real issues of governance.

He also urged the citizens to keep their hopes alive, adding that the New Nigeria everyone yearned for is within reach.

Pastor Tunde Bakare during his State of the Nation address on October 25, 2020 asked President Muhammadu Buhari to unravel the killers of the #EndSARS protesters in Lekki area of Lagos State.

 

“This is not the nation we hope to bequeath to our children. We will build this nation, not upon the altar of the blood of our young people, but on their visions and aspirations,” Bakare said.

Speaking further, he said that no degree of brutal repression of protesters can overcome the desire of protests in the hearts and minds of the people.

To Bakare, any attempt to resolve the issues must go beyond the surface to excavate the underlying factors that led to the protest.

“Your bullets may drive them off the streets, but your bullets cannot pierce their spirits or puncture their resilience.

“Our overarching challenge is systemic governance failure which, over the decades, has worsened the living conditions of Nigerians. As a result, although the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been disbanded, the spirit of SARS continues to prowl unchecked,” he said.

His remarks come five days after several people were killed and others injured after security operatives opened fire at #EndSARS protesters in Lekki.

Security operatives had stormed the scene of the protest on Tuesday night hours after the Lagos Government announced a 24-hour curfew and opened fire.

The action drew global condemnation both within the country and outside of Nigeria with the United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS calling for a thorough probe into the tragic shooting.

On Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, called for an end to police brutality in Nigeria, condemning violent clashes that claimed multiple lives and caused many injuries.

According to a communiqué issued by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief has been following recent developments in Nigeria and has called for an end to police brutality and abuses.

Similarly, Chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, offered his sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

Mr Mahamat appealed to all political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law.

Pastor Bakare Reveals ‘True Enemies’ of Nigeria

 

Pastor Tunde Bakare on Sunday listed what he described as the true enemies in Nigeria.

The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, made the disclosure while delivering his state of the nation address.

Bakare said the true enemies are found in every level of government, from the local to the state to the federal levels, and in every arm of government in Nigeria.

The controversial clergyman stated that those who partake of the loot and those who celebrate looters are the true enemies among the people.

Bakare urged Nigerians in this new decade to stand up against the true enemies highlighted in his statement at all levels rather than attack journalists who criticize the government.

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Below is a full address by Pastor Tunde Bakare.

A few days from now, on January 15, we will observe Armed Forces Day; a day earmarked to honour Nigeria’s fallen heroes in commemoration of the end of the Nigerian Civil War.

Fellow Nigerians, the true enemies of our nation are found at every level of government, from the local to the state to the federal levels, and in every arm of government. They can also be found on the streets, in households and in the marketplace.

As it is with the leadership, so it is with the citizenry. Leaders and citizens have their citizenship in common; they are drawn from among us and are a reflection of our basest instincts or our highest ideals at every level of government.

In Nigeria, the vast majority of our people regularly take turns perpetuating the cycle of corruption either as beneficiaries or benefactors.

These enemies in citizens’ clothing are those who choose to be spectators while the nation goes down the drain on their watch; those perverts on the pulpit who hide under togas of godliness to manipulate the vulnerable;those economic behemoths who window dress their underhandedness with filth-lanthropy; those who are perpetually “not on seat” because they can’t “come and go and die;

Those who partake of loot and celebrate looters from the same ethnic group or religious organisation; those who say of the looters, “We know say na thief, but this thief na our thief.” These are the true enemies of Nigeria.

At the local level of government, the true enemies of our nation are those agents of oppression who place excruciating multiple tax burdens on often defenceless Nigerians

At the state level, the true enemies of Nigeria are those state governments that feed fat on unaccounted-for security votes; those who deploy the paraphernalia of office in their selfish interests rather than in the service of the people

Those who connive with zonal political oligarchs to personalise and privatise the state; those who deploy the force of state to quell dissent, those who give critics an excuse to postulate that if state governments are already abusing the little power they currently wield, what will they do if we devolve yet more powers to them? These power-drunk state officials are the true enemies of Nigeria

At the zonal level, the enemies of Nigeria are those who have perverted their influence and turned the states within their zones of influence into personal estatesThey are the political puppeteers who rig the system to enthrone their stooges and use them to corner resources and opportunities.

They are the political bandits and pseudo-democrats who are maniacal in merchandising the will of the people, from masterminding vote-buying to engineering seemingly spontaneous outbreaks of political violence. These are the true enemies of Nigeria. #

“At the federal level, the true enemies of Nigeria are in every arm of government. In the judiciary, they are judges who pervert justice and auction judgements to the highest bidder.

In the legislature, they are those legislators who rob the nation “under the guise of constituency projects” and are quick to pass laws that undermine our national freedoms, thereby threatening our national stability.

In the executive arm of government, the enemies of our nation are those who deploy the machinery of state against hapless citizens; those who serve self rather than the people .

These are the true enemies that we must stand up against, not the angry young fellow who throws salvos at Mr President hoping to get a few retweets not the journalist who stares the government squarely in the face,and certainly not the dissenting voice in the midst of sycophants.

The thrust of the new decade that commences this year 2020 must be to, once again, come together as one people, to wrest the soul of Nigeria from the jaws of the bear and the mouth of the lion, and to begin to build a great nation.

‘Build A Strong Post-Buhari Legacy’, Bakare Tells President

 

Barely six months after Nigerians went to the polls to elect a president for the next four years, some politicians are already talking about plans for the next election.

The latest is the controversial Senior pastor of the Latter rain assembly and former vice presidential candidate, Tunde Bakare who’s called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to sit on the fence when it comes to choosing his successor.

Pastor Bakare who was speaking at his state of the nation address said president Buhari should be thinking of how to protect his legacies when he leaves office.

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“Build a strong post-Buhari legacy facilitated by accurate succession,” Bakare stressed.

According to him, President Buhari will only be following the footsteps of some world leaders who played a role in choosing their successors as a way of sustaining their legacies in the choice of who comes after they are gone.

Bakare said a key responsibility that history bestows on Buhari is “to institutionalise systems of accurate succession that will build and sustain the Nigeria that is desired.

The clergyman, however, frowned at the harassment of journalists and advocates of governance reforms, citing the case of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of the Sahara Reporters who was recently released after spending over 200 days in custody over his #RevolutionNow campaign.

Pay More Attention To Education, Human Capital Development, Bakare Tells Buhari

 

The senior pastor and general overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to revive education system and human capital development in Nigeria.

In an exclusive chat with Channels Television on the Easter celebrations, the clergyman also charged President Buhari to ensure he appoints the best hands in order to succeed in his second term of office.

“We have neglected the greatest asset of any nation, human capital. Our educational system has gone down the drain; we need to revive all that. Our universities are glorified secondary schools; let us solidify the ones we have. It’s okay to start a university, but let us maintain a standard.

“It is in our interest to ensure that there is a future for our children, ensure good health care delivery, and ensure transportation system that is flawless. There are so many assets in this country and I pray President Buhari would do his best in the second term to appoint the best, brightest and fittest, so we would see Nigeria turn around as we maximise the potentials of the nation.”

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Pastor Bakare explained that the effects of failing to provide jobs and education lead to insecurity.

“Insecurity is not new; we are being invaded from outside and from within. What do you think will happen to millions of jobless youths who have no way of providing themselves? We need to create more jobs.”

President Buhari Commiserates With Pastor Bakare Over Mother’s Death

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with Pastor Tunde Bakare on the death of his mother, Mrs Abigail Eebudola Bakare.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said Buhari commiserated with Bakare, his one time running mate and General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly thorugh a phone conversation.

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Buhari urged the cleric and the Bakare family to take solace in the fact that the late Mrs Bakare lived long enough to witness the enormous successes achieved by her children.

He also called on the bereaved family to uphold the ideals of community service, kindness and generosity associated with the matriarch of the Bakare family, who died on May 5, 2018 at the age of 108.

Be Patient, No Gain Without Pain, Bakare Tells Nigerians

Tunde-BakareThe General Overseer of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Friday told Nigerians to be patient with the current administration of President muhammadu Buhari, stressing that there is ‘no pain without gain’.

Pastor Bakare made the statement after a meeting with the President that lasted for about an hour.

He entered the Presidential Villa at about 2:45pm local time and went straight to the President’s office for the meeting said to be private.

Will Not Disappoint Nigerians

Addressing reporters, Pastor Bakare said that he was happy that the President was doing well health wise.

In answer to the questions on the performance of the administration, he said that the current administration inherited a lot of rot.

“Pain is part of gain. No without gain. Yes of wastage and all that we have done wrong had finally caught up with us.

“All we are praying for is wisdom for this government to do the right things so that gradually we can begin to come out of the woods.

“It is too quick and too soon to begin to judge. If there is anything I know about the President, he has a good heart and loves this country. He wants this country to run well,” he said, assuring Nigerians that President Buhari will not disappoint them.


Pastor Bakare is an ally of the President and was his running mate in the 2011 presidential election won by Goodluck Jonathan.

Also at the Villa to see the President was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

It is the second time the Speaker of the House of Representatives is visiting the Presidential Villa within two weeks.

Prioritise Chibok Girls’ Rescue, Tunde Bakare Tells FG

Tunde Bakare - Chibok Girls - BBOGThe Convener of Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has advised the Federal Government to prioritise the rescue of the missing Chibok girls.

Pastor Bakare, who is also the founder of the Latter Rain Assembly, gave the advice at a special prayer session organised by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners.

The prayer session was held to mark the two year anniversary of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their hostel in Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Pastor Tunde Bakare said that in the face of the problems confronting Nigeria, there should be a better response to the continuous captivity of the Chibok girls.

He expressed hope that God who rescued Nigeria from the past problems would also ensure the rescue of the schoolgirls.

Restating their demand, a co-convener of BBOG group, Aisha Yesuff, said that the prayer session was an indication that a united Nigeria would not only lead to the rescue of the girls but a total defeat of the dreaded militants.

The event attracted other participants including a federal lawmaker, Senator Dino Melaye, who promised to remind his colleagues on the need to prioritise the return of the Chibok girls.

The BBOG campaigners have continued to call for the rescue of the girls after they have been abducted for more that 712 days.

Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID Awolowo

Amosun Receives Remains Of Late HID AwolowoOgun State Governor, Ibikule Amosun, has received the remains of the late matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo.

The vestiges of the late HID has finally berthed on the soil of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria on Monday, as the Governor received her body at the Sagamu interchange in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking in company of members of the State Executive Council and members of the Awolowo family, Governor Amosun eulogised the virtues of the late jewel of inestimable value.

Born November 25, 1915, Mama Awolowo died a little over two months to her 100th birthday.

A committee set up to see to her burial had earlier announced that the late Yeye Oodua would be finally buried on the occasion of her posthumous Centenary birthday anniversary on November 25, at the Awolowo family house in Ikenne.

According to the family, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, that of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, as well as 60 other Anglican Bishops are among several other ministers of God billed to participate in the 11-day burial programme culminating in the final internment of the late HID Awolowo.