…Says Nigeria Must Be Free
Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) (formerly The Latter Rain Assembly), Lagos, on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced the search for justice with intimidation and brutality.
Speaking during his sermon, Bakare faulted Buhari for going after Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, stating that the duo are not the problem of Nigeria.
Pastor Bakare, who was Buhari’s running mate during one of his presidential contests dared the President to come after him if the government was offended by his recent utterances.
He ruled out any meeting between him and the president again, even as he said a change of baton is imminent in the country.
He said: “I dare you to come after me since that is your usual style now. You might have done it to others; you are about to learn a lesson if you touch me.
“I’m not interested in meeting you any longer; no more visit. Now, it is war, because Nigeria must be set free.
“Have you forgotten that you vowed never to contest again? I said ‘not so’. I showed you how you can win the next election and you agreed to run and you won.
“Winning an election is a different thing; doing the right thing is another.
“No one must behave as if Nigeria is a personal property. Nigeria must be set free and any obstruction along the way must be removed; it must get out of the way.
“I declare to you ‘Nigeria-for-Nigeria Movement’. I’m prepared to lead this movement. Nigeria is not a one man property. This movement will liberate Nigeria.
“Remember how I declared in the heydays of late Gen Sani Abacha, that his (Abacha) days were numbered? Nigerians should be prepared for a change of baton.”
Speaking on the arrest and extradition of Kanu in Kenya and Sunday Igboho in Benin Republic, Bakare said injustice breed agitation.
He said that Nigeria cannot run away from restructuring, adding that the arrest of Kanu and Igboho cannot stop the movement.
“Though I don’t support any act of violence, taking up arms against the country and killing people, those are in the realm of criminality and anybody doing that must be brought to book.
“However, we must realise that what has given rise to the agitation is lack of justice and equity. When there is justice, when there is equity, agitation will die down.
“How can you be expending so much energy on Igboho and Kanu? Igboho and Kanu are not Nigeria’s problems. Nigeria must restructure and no one can stop that,” he added.