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Bakare says debate on power rotation needless

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
16 October 2021   |   3:06 am
Pastor Tunde Bakare, yesterday, downplayed the confrontation between the northern and the southern parts of the country over the 2023 presidency, saying it was needless.

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Pastor Tunde Bakare, yesterday, downplayed the confrontation between the northern and the southern parts of the country over the 2023 presidency, saying it was needless. 

Bakare, who is the Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (formerly Latter Rain Assembly), said the issue of capability should form the crux of the debate rather than dwelling on inanities.

Fielding questions from newsmen after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja, the cleric argued that competence and character should preoccupy Nigerians. 

“I’d said it on the 3rd of October. It’s our immaturity, politically and otherwise, that makes us say power must either be in the North or be in the South, instead of looking for the best, the fittest, the most competent, and people of character, who love this nation,” he said. 

Bakare, who did not foreclose taking a shot at the Presidency in 2023, said: “If where the president comes from will make the place he has come from to be better, the northern part of Nigeria should be the 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.

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

“Not where they come from, it’s what they carry and what they have to offer. May the best of the best of Nigerians rise, whether they’re from the east, from the west, from the north or from the south. 

“If there are agreements between politicians among themselves on rotation, a bargain is a bargain. That’s 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,” he said.

The overseer also bared his mind on the issue of restructuring of the country, reiterating the need for reconfiguration that is based on equity, justice, fair play and the rule of law.

He contended that Nigerians were better off together as a nation than going their separate ways. 

According to him, the founding fathers of the nation have already set a template on how Nigeria should be structured without necessarily firing a shot and changing the goal post in the middle of the game.

“It’s in the open, the documents are already there. We can do it without shooting any gun. We need to do it, to move this nation forward. The founding fathers of this nation. Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa, alongside their entourage, in Lancaster House and everywhere, agreed on what type of government Nigeria should have. We must not change the goalpost in the midst of the game. 

“We are better off together as a nation than going our different ways. But it must be based on equity, justice, fair play and the rule of law.”

Bakare also backed the recent decision of the National Assembly to the okay transmission of election results through electronic means, saying it was a good omen for the development of the country’s politics.