Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Dominion Hall Citadel Global, on Sunday, warned that the survival of Nigeria is hanging in the balance with the spate of insecurity, occasioned by banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and farmers/herders clashes.
He regretted that the country was already in an emergency room, even as he said that the President Muhammadu Buhari in power now was not the same person he knew “when we took that solemn journey towards rebuilding Nigeria.”
In a State of the Nation broadcast, the fiery preacher maintained that the president has failed to appreciate the deep rooted problems facing the country and as such failed to take the needed steps to solving them.
He said: “I am compelled to speak out because this is not the Nigeria General Muhammadu Buhari and I had dreams to create when he invited me to be his running mate in 2011.
“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.
“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
“The purpose of this address is to ensure that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari finishes strong and breaks the jinx of the second-term curse.“As laudable as the achievements of Buhari during his first tenure were, the current state of the nation was a clear indication that these efforts have been insufficient in dealing with national problems.
“They have been unable to address the underlying problems of the Nigerian nation. The major limitation of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been the failure to appreciate the fact that the problems of Nigeria are more deeply rooted than these honest efforts can reach, and that what is required is a holistic and systematic approach to governance.
“Unfortunately, after winning re-election in 2019, rather than do a deep dive to address the fundamental causes of our national malady by dealing with the root causes of insecurity, corruption and joblessness, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari decided to treat more symptoms by broadening its agenda.
“Instead, we have spent time papering over cracks and dressing windows while the weak foundational structures are crumbling under the weight of neglect,” he said.
On security, Bakare said the president must intensify the clampdown on terrorism and banditry by expanding support to the armed forces in terms of technology, armoury, logistics, prompt action on military intelligence, as well as inspirational leadership to sustain the morale of the newly appointed service chiefs.
“Beyond these, the devolution of policing powers to the sub-national governments must be prioritized; the state governments must be empowered to form local police forces and to provide cutting edge training and equipment for these forces,” he added.