January 29, 2018 – Pastor Tunde Bakare: Buhari’s Government Is A Failure For Failing To Visit Fulani Massacre Victims Families In Benue State
Latter Rain Assembly founder, Pastor Tunde Bakare, last night, gave a damning verdict on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
In an interview on a television programme monitored in Lagos, Bakare said expectations of Nigerians have not been met by the Federal Government and that he was particularly disappointed about the handling of killings by herdsmen, particularly that of Benue State.
He called the perpetrators “criminals,” who had been classified as a deadly terror group by the Global Terror Index.
The cleric spoke about herdsmen’s burning of former minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae’s farm and insisted that what the herdsmen did was quite wicked.
On whether the rampaging herdsmen are foreigners or Nigerians, Bakare said he does not know but that “they are human beings.”
Asked if he agreed with former President Olusegun Obasanjo that Buhari should not seek re-election in 2019, Bakare said it was the president’s constitutional right to seek elective office.
He was, however, quick to add that inasmuch as Buhari has the right to seek re-election, whether he would get the same groundswell of support as he did in 2015 is a different kettle of fish.
“…I’ve not joined any Third Force. I’ve not been part of any force. At the right time, we will know what to do because what I see now is what I can envision in the days to come, it’s that this chicken that you see, they are about to eat, they are on intestine…
“Most of these people don’t really care about the development of the government of our nation…They seek power for self, not for service.
“This is why it hurts me deep, that such crisis will hit Benue state and the leadership of the nation will not move there, go there. Rather, they invited them to come to Abuja.
“The most painful to me was that an American leader would not do that; the British leader would not do that; who are the ones we are emulating. You are not a king, you are a servant of the people and you are to to know that you really are serving the interest of your people.
“The Inspector General of Police showed up and he said it’s communal clash…he even said that before he got there! In a decent nation, he would have been fired by now.”
On Buhari’s rumoured bid in 2019, Bakare replied:
“It’s his fundamental constitutional right to run or not to run but whether it would now be accepted in the way it was accepted before…He came as military Head of State, he has come as civilian president, Jesus himself is only coming twice…”
The Latter Rain Assembly pastor agreed with Obasanjo on some of the issues raised in his letter to president Buhari and added that things are not going well in the country.
Bakare also said he is not going to seek elective office or return to politics but that he would play a role in the re-engineering of Nigeria.
He, however, supported call for the restructuring of the country.