Pastor Tunde Bakare Denies Endorsing Tinubu, Criticising CAN

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

 

 

The General Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has denied claims that he has endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Pastor Bakare also denied claims that he criticised the Christian Association of Nigeria for speaking up against the APC’s choice of a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election and the controversial appearance of “clergymen” at the unveiling of Kashim Shettima as APC’s vice-presidential candidate.

Pastor Bakare’s reaction to the claims was contained in a statement dated Friday, and titled ‘Reffutal: The statements credited to me are outright lies’.

He described the statements credited to him as “concocted and ridiculous” and accused “unscrupulous writers and bloggers” of being responsible for them.

Pastor Bakare said, “Amongst other things, I was quoted to have said that the  agitations by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, were ploys by the opposition party, PDP, to force a weak candidate on APC. In addition to this, I was alleged to have said that CAN wanted to lure APC into presenting a weak candidate.

“The spurious writers also alleged that I stressed that Christians are righteous people who behave like Christ, and that CAN are politicians who behave like PDP.

“As if the poorly strewn lies were not enough, I was quoted as saying that Tinubu is my candidate.”

Pastor Bakare, who unsuccessfully sought the presidential ticket of the APC, faulted the reasoning behind the claim that he had endorsed the APC presidential candidate who he had opposed publicly at the party’s primary.

“Isn’t this the same Tinubu that I announced to all and sundry at the APC Presidential Convention that I was not stepping down for? He has suddenly become my candidate!” he said.

The pastor called on the public to disregard the alleged statements as there were not his and do not represent his position. Also, he challenged anyone with evidence that he actually made the statements credited to him to make the evidence public.

“I wish to state unequivocally that the statements are absolute lies. There was nowhere I granted anyone any interview, or preached on any platform, where I said the ludicrous statements,” he said. “I challenge anyone who is in possession of the video or audio file of the statements to please put it in the public space.”

He added, “For the avoidance of doubt, I am a nation builder who will not in any way create real or imaginary division among the people of our great country, through the medium of political parties or religion.”

I Did Not Beg To Pay N100m APC Nomination Form Fee, Says Tunde Bakare

 

A presidential aspirant and popular pastor, Tunde Bakare, says the fee for the nomination and expression of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was transferred from his account.

He said this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today – hours after he made an official declaration on his presidential bid at an event in Abuja.

“By the grace of God, we paid without having to borrow or beg,” said Bakare who is the Serving Overseer of The Citadel Global Community Church. “God Almighty, who had provided, is still providing and He will continue to provide.

“Money is the easy thing to trade; yes, by the grace of God, we paid. Don’t forget that there are so many people who are even willing to pay on our behalf and so many people will give towards it and have given towards it, but whatever was transferred to the party’s account came from my account.”

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

 

Bakare, a former vice presidential candidate, admitted that the cost of the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms was not cheap.

According to him, one would have thought that the APC forms will not cost beyond half of the price for which they have been fixed.

The politician, however, stated that the money paid was not lost as it was part of the necessary investment required for a party that needs resources to become a formidable force.

“Talking of the cost, there is a price to pay for everything,” he averred. “I was not part of the decision-making process, but if I’m going to apply for anything and they say this is the way to go about it, the price has to be paid – it is like going to a school or university; you pay a fee.

“Do I consider that fee or cost very cheap? Not at all; not in the least. Just as everything in life that is highly valued comes with a price, that was the price the party fixed and those who want to join will have to pay the same price, and it is not money thrown away; this is part of the investment in a party that needs resources to actually be a formidable party.”

Tunde Bakare Meets With President Buhari Behind Closed Doors

President Muhammadu Buhari and Pastor Tunde Bakare exchange greetings as they meet on Friday, October 15, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received in audience the founder of the Citadel Global Community Church (formerly Latter Rain Assembly), Pastor Tunde Bakare, behind closed doors at the statehouse, Abuja.

While details of the meeting remain unclear, it may not be unconnected to the Pastor’s recent calls for more unity in the country.

Last Sunday, he had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to do away with the 1999 Constitution, saying it is a great inhibitor of the nation’s progress.

He made the call on Sunday during a state of the nation address which he titled: ‘The black box of Nigeria’s politics’.

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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”.

During the same church service, Pastor Bakare announced the launch of the Nigeria for Nigerians (N4N) movement.

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

He was a running mate of the Buhari under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011.

State Of Nigeria Does Not Reflect The Buhari I Knew – Bakare

Pastor Tunde Bakare speaks during his State of the Nation address on October 25, 2020

 

The senior pastor of Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, Tunde Bakare, on Sunday said the state of Nigeria does not reflect President Muhammadu Buhari that he knows.

In his State of the Nation address to commemorate the 2021 Easter celebrations, Bakare said he is forced to speak out owing to what he described as Buhari’s legacy being confined to the unsavoury side of history.

“I am compelled to speak out because the state of the nation does not represent the Buhari I knew when we took that solemn journey towards rebuilding Nigeria,” he tweeted.

“I am compelled to speak out at this point because, given the state of the nation, the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari is in grave danger of being confined to an unsavoury side of history. I am indeed compelled to speak out because Nigeria is in a state of emergency.”

He also said Nigeria is in a state of emergency over a series of security challenges ranging from terrorism to banditry, kidnapping to militancy, cultism to human trafficking among several others.

Pastor Bakare recalled that when President Buhari took office in 2015, he promised to tackle corruption, tackle insecurity and fix the nation’s economy.

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“Fellow Nigerians, you may recall that as PMB took the oath of office during his first term in office, he summed up his election campaign promises in 3 pivotal agendas, namely: Security, Anti-Corruption & Eco Diversification with a focus on job creation.

“However, the 1st term saw the Buhari admin grapple with the collapse in oil prices and Nigeria’s 1st recession in about 25 yrs. Despite the false starts, the admin succeeded in bringing Nigeria out of recession and made some gains in security, job creation and anti-corruption.

“On security, the administration of President Buhari continued the military assault on Boko Haram that had commenced at the end of the term of his predecessor.

“We recall the PMB’s 1st bold move when he ordered the relocation of the Command Control Centre from Abuja to Borno. By December 2015, the government declared Boko Haram “technically defeated” and unable to mount conventional attacks against hard or soft targets.

“On anti-corruption: PMB took commendable steps in the fight against corruption at the beginning of his admin, including the attempt to plug the loopholes in the system through the Treasury Single Account (TSA) intervention.

“In 2016, Nigeria received its highest scorecard so far in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.

“On job creation, at the beginning of his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on large-scale skill development through the N-Power programme. Under this scheme, hundreds of thousands were empowered.”

Bakare Condemns Clampdown On #EndSARS Protesters, Asks FG To Unfreeze Accounts

Pastor Tunde Bakare

 

The Serving Overseer of The Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has condemned the clampdown on #EndSARS protesters noting that the older generation cannot afford to keep ‘sinful’ silence over the incident.

Bakare, who disclosed this in an address in his church on Sunday also condemned the freezing on accounts of #EndSARS promoters describing it as some of the actions recently taken by the government which needs to be reversed.

“As our nation returns to the drawing board in the wake of the #EndSARS protests, I have observed with keen interest the policy actions and positions taken by national and subnational governments to address the broader issues of youth development in Nigeria.

“Truth be told, this season of our national life requires deep humility, sobriety, and deliberate thinking through, both by the government and the governed, in order to ensure that our plans, policies, and actions are weighed before they are implemented to avert the re-occurrence of our most recent crisis.

“In light of the foregoing, some of the actions recently taken by the government on the heels of the EndSARS protests may need to be reversed sooner rather than later in our collective best interest so that they do not trigger further protests.

“Among such policy, actions is the freezing of the accounts of young Nigerians who reportedly sponsored the protests,” he said.

Bakare adds that although he accepts that under the country’s extant laws, banks may freeze an account upon an ex parte order granted to a law enforcement agency by a court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of the investigation,  but this Law should not be used to intimidate Nigerian youth simply because they engaged in and promoted protests against the inactions of government.

He said, “targeting and arresting citizens on trumped-up charges, deploying court probes as a tool of intimidation, and generally eroding our fragile peace, are deeply worrisome signs of regression.”

Speaking concerning the shooting of protesters, Bakare who is also the Convener, Save Nigeria Group (SNG) lamented that this is painful.

“As I reminisced on the unfortunate incident of the shooting of unarmed protesters by Nigerian soldiers, I recalled with solemnity how I almost lost my life in the Ali Must Go protests as armed policemen fired live bullets into a crowd of students protesting peacefully.

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“It is painful that the younger generation has had to face the same beasts we fought in my generation. This is why we cannot afford to keep sinful silence when the youth of our nation are being oppressed by a Nigerian state that is supposed to protect them,” Bakare said.

He however commended the Federal Government for taking some actions like the disbandment of SARS; setting up a panel of inquiry with youth representatives; and the launch of N75B Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (N-YIF), Bakare urged the Federal Government to reverse the decision of freezing the account of #EndSARS campaigners.

“I commend these actions by the Federal and state governments. They have, to an extent, been forced to self-reflect and align with the times,” he said.

 

See full statement below…

 

Fuel Subsidy: Don’t Kill Nigerians, Murder Corruption – Bakare

 

The Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has asked the Federal Government not to kill Nigerians.

Speaking on The Platform, a special programme to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day anniversary, the cleric asked the government to murder corruption instead.

“Don’t kill Nigerians, kill corruption because we knew that the subsidy being paid is going into private pockets,” he said.

Bakare recalled that when he joined the likes of Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana among others to protest during Jonathan’s government in 2012, the protest was not against subsidy.

“I campaigned against the oppression of the poor,” Bakare said, adding that the subsidy by the Federal Government was not used to advance the cause of the poor.

Reacting to calls for Nigeria to disintegrate, the cleric argued that the country should be united.

Meanwhile, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has asked President Muhammadu Buhari’s 60th Independence speech to go beyond talk to implementation.

Jega, who spoke during Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily wants the Federal Government to implement policies that will make Nigerians have pride in their country.

“What is clear is that the speech carries quite a lot of the right things to be said on a day like this. But for me, the critical thing is not what is said but how it is followed up,” Professor Jega noted.

“I think it is important to reflect on the issue of what government needs to do to ensure that when you call upon Nigerians to take pride in Nigeria, there are certain things that encourage and help them to be able to do that,” he said.

 

2023 Presidency: Buhari Will Not Manipulate The Process – Adesina

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not manipulate the process to pick a successor ahead of the 2023 Presidential elections.

The response follows a call by the Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, who asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to sit on the fence when it comes to choosing his successor.

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Speaking on Channels Television Politics Today on Monday, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, stressed that contrary to call, President Buhari will ensure that the process is free, fair and credible.

He added that though the president is interested in who would succeed him, but will not pick a successor.

“The president knows that by May 2023, he would have finished his second term as president; Pastor Bakare has said he should be interested in who succeeds him, he would be interested in who succeeds him, but he will not manipulate the process to pick a successor.

“The president will not pick a successor if you know him, he is not somebody like that, but yes he will be interested in the process and he has said that he will ensure that there will be a free, fair and credible process and nobody will come to use money and resources to bamboozle his way to the leadership of the country, it will not happen.”

Mr Adesina also stressed that the president will ensure that his successor builds on the gains of his administration and will not allow looters to find their way to power.

“The president will ensure that Nigeria is in safe hands, there is no point having worked from 2015 to 2023, having made gains, advances and then hand Nigeria over to looters once again or to allow looters use stolen funds to seize power.

“Every position you hold which has a time limit, you should begin to think and plan towards the final day in that position.”

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.

2019 Elections: Bakare Advises Politicians To Address Salient Issues

Tunde Bakare

 

As the 2019 general elections approach, the Founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has appealed to politicians seeking elective positions in the country to focus on issues that would benefit the masses.

He made the appeal during a Sunday service to mark Nigeria’s 58th independence anniversary.

“Look at the nation as a whole and look at the agonies and groanings of the people. They still have to do a lot more even before the 2019 elections to assure Nigerians that they are really up to the task of listening to the yearnings of the people,” he said.

Bakare also cautioned those in government to have a rethink of why they are in power, adding that governance means nothing without seeing to the welfare and security of people.

He said, “The purpose of government is the welfare and security of the people. Take that out of the equation, then governance means nothing.

“Many people in power today including those who are in power in this administration do not understand the purpose of power. The purpose of power is not just to fly around and take photographs.”

The cleric also called on the citizens to “demand allegiance to restructuring as a precondition for supporting any party or candidate in the next elections.”

He warned the citizens to be wary of politicians who once supported the campaign for restructuring but “have now restructured their opinion because they have become part of the system.”

According to him, such people seem to have forgotten that the position they currently occupy is not permanent.

Bakare further advised Nigerians to be careful of those who had been in government before and did nothing about restructuring but are now promising to restructure ahead of next year’s election.

Claims Adeosun, Bakare Met With Buhari ‘Far From The Truth’ – Presidency

 

The Presidency has denied the report that President Muhammadu Buhari met with the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly together.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, faulted the report in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

“Stories with insinuations are making the rounds that Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly and Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, met together with President Muhammadu Buhari at State House, Abuja, Friday. Far from the truth,” Mr Adesina said.

He explained that contrary to the report, the minister was at the Presidential Villa in connection with the Annual General Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration of the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK).

The presidential aide said the event is scheduled to hold on Saturday in the Federal Capital Territory and would be graced by President Buhari.

He, however, revealed that Adeosun ran into Pastor Bakare who was on a scheduled visit to see the President, and they exchanged pleasantries.

“The cleric particularly thanked the minister for finding time to attend his mother’s funeral, which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State, penultimate weekend,” Adesina added.

“This statement is to put events in proper perspective and dispel all conjectures and fictive reporting.”

The President’s spokesman disclosed further that Adeosun had seen President Buhari not fewer than three times earlier in the week.

He insisted that there was no need for the minister to meet with the President today and Adeosun and Bakare never met with President Buhari together.

The embattled minister was caught up in a controversy recently over a recent report which claimed that she failed to participate in the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Adeosun's Alleged Exemption Certificate Not From NYSC, Says Ex-Director
Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (file)

 

The report also alleged Adeosun did not only fail to take part in the one-year scheme but also supposedly obtained a fake exemption certificate.

Reacting to the report in a statement on Monday, the NYSC, through its spokesperson Adeyemi Adenike confirmed that the minister did apply for an exemption certificate.

It further vowed to launch an investigation into the origin of the purported exemption certificate in question.

Two days later, a former NYSC Director of Mobilisation, Mr Anthony Ani, said the agency could not have made a mistake to issue the purported certificate in question.

“If those documents were the documents claimed to have been submitted, I want to emphatically say that no! they wouldn’t have emanated from the NYSC,” Ani had said in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.