Ebun Francis || The convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday clarified his earlier statement where he was quoted to have said that God asked him to run for the Presidency of the country.
He was quoted to have made the comment at the January 1 watch night service of the Latter Rain Assembly in Lagos.
But in a state of the nation address on Sunday, the fiery preacher said that the proclamation of January 1 was not a Presidential flag- off.
According to him, his said declaration has triggered massive anxiety and speculation in the country, stating that it ”was an invitation to prayers sent out to fellow labourers initiated in our corporate destiny as nation builders”.
”To the uninitiated, that declaration was news, but to my partners in destiny, to whom indeed the request for prayers was extended, my journey and trajectory in the call to nation building is well-knownn”.
Bakare said that it is his destiny to lead the country but how it will be done will be left to God to decide, stating that there have been instances in the past where people lead countries without contesting elections.
The 2011 presidential running mate of President Mohammadu Buhari also urged the federal government to restructure the country by encouraging each geo-political zone to develop along its area of best comparative advantage age
He said that such restructuring would return the country to the winning formula of the past that facilitated its socio-economic development.
Buhari with Bakare
According to him, with restructuring, Nigeria can leapfrog within 10 years the phases of industrialisation to become a global industrial powerhouse comprised of six geo-economic zones.
He said, “The North-central zone can optimise its mechanised agricultural potential and harness the Rivers Niger and the Benue not just for irrigation but also for hydroponic farming.
“It can become a centre of world class cattle ranching that will quell the menace of herdsmen attacks and also incubate allied opportunities such as meat, milk and leather processing.
“The zone can then transit into heavy industries, including steel manufacturing and auto-manufacturing, while also harnessing the rivers as inland waterways and tourist attractions.
“Similarly, the North-west zone can harness its vast arable land by deploying land-enhancing technologies for mechanised agriculture and cattle ranching, while also becoming Africa’s defence manufacturing hub.
“With these arrangements, the zone will be providing sufficient competitive impetus to revive its historical potential as a central hub in Africa’s textile industry.
“The North East will have the opportunity to redefine its identity from being a hotbed of insurgency to becoming a hub for cattle ranching, pharmaceutical and construction industries and its unique mineral resources such as clay, limestone and gypsum.
“The South West can revive the vision of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, it will not just resuscitate its vast industrial and agro-allied manufacturing potential; it can become a global centre for warehousing and world-class sea and airports.
“Lagos State can consolidate its position as the African hub of global finance. Nigeria owes this region the urgent activation of the pragmatic approach to restructuring.
“This approach will see the zone progressively obtaining autonomy over these resources such that it can house a cluster of refineries and petrochemical industries,” he said.
Mr. Bakare said that with these approaches, within 10 years, from a near unitary structure comprising 36 states, these geo-economic zones could evolve into six strong federating geo-political zones and a Federal Capital Territory.
The cleric who condemned the recent killings in the country, prayed for the repose of the dead.
“I am also saddened by the terror attacks on places of worship during the festive season. My heartfelt condolences go to the families and communities in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State.
“Those who began the year in grief because of the murderous activities of heartless criminals, I pray that they, and every hurting Nigerian, will experience the comforting hand of God,’’ he said.
With additional reports from NAN