Bakare meets Buhari, rejects rotation presidency

By our reporter/ The founder of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), pastor Tunde Bakare on Friday said that the zone where the next president comes from is irrelevant and that the country can restructure without violence.

Bakare who made the disclosure after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja told state house correspondents that Nigerians are only bothered about a leader who will ensure that the country prospers.

According to him, “immaturity” of the citizens is responsible for “making us say power must either be in the north or be in the south, instead of looking for the best”.

“Listen to me, if where the president comes from will make the place he has come from to be better, the northern part of Nigeria should be richest and should be the most progressive and the most developed because out of 61 years, the north has produced either the president or heads of state for 40 to 41 years and yet, see the retrogression in the north,” he said.

“If it’s from the south, why should a person like President Obasanjo freeze and seize the account of Lagos state in his own tenure? If it’s from south-south or south-east, why couldn’t President Jonathan use all his powers to develop south-south/south-east?

“If there are agreements between politicians on rotation, a bargain is a bargain. That is between them. But as far as this country is concerned, what we need at this stage is a man who can drive us to the Eldorado.”

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The fiery cleric guy commended the national assembly for empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to determine the mode of transmitting election results.

“Perhaps one of the best things the present national assembly has done, especially the senate, because, with that, Nigerians can vote and then results can be transmitted so easily,” he said.

“Not only that, part of the state of the nation address that I did on October 10, I emphasised how Nigeria youth, especially undergraduates, are disenfranchised in our country.”

On whether he would contest the 2023 presidential election, he said his plans have been made known to the president alone, adding that he would contest if God and Nigerians wants him to.

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

Last week he 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.

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“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.

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

According to him, 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.

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