Pastor Tunde Bakare joins race to succeed Buhari
Popular Nigerian pastor Tunde Bakare Saturday joined the growing number of people who are interested in succeeding Muhammadu Buhari as president.
Bakare declared his intention the same Minister for Transportation Rotimi Amaechi said he would contest for president.
“It is not about the presidential ambition of any man,” Bakare said. “In any case, I do not have a self-generated ambition. What I do have is a vision of a New Nigeria that was birthed in me from childhood and an honest aspiration to serve as the sixteenth president of my beloved nation, Nigeria.”
Others that have already declared to run for president in the ruling APC include former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu, former Abia State governor Orji Uzor Kalu, former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, Ebonyi State governor and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
Bakare was the running mate to Buhari in 2011 when they were both candidates for the now-defunct Congress for Progressive Change.
The pastor of the Lagos-based Citadel Global Community Church said Nigeria is in need of a leader who can reconcile grievous historical and current differences, unites ethnic and religious constituent parts into true nationhood, and give the country a true federal system that can strengthen the economies of its different regions to give rise to a “new” Nigeria.
“Birthing the New Nigeria is the mission of the sixteenth administration. The New Nigeria is a nation where no one goes to bed hungry and no child is left out of school without access to quality education; where our homes, schools, streets, villages, highways, and cities are safe and secure, and Nigerians can work, play or travel with their minds at rest, and go to bed with their hearts at peace.
“A Nigeria where our hospitals are lifesaving institutions and every Nigerian has access to good quality healthcare; where no youth is unemployed and our young men and women are job creators; where businesses thrive on innovation and made-in-Nigeria can compete anywhere in the global market; where homes and businesses have access to clean and uninterrupted power supply and ideas are facilitated by functional infrastructure and cutting edge technology.”