- Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly has revealed how he worked with Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015
- Bakare said that during that crucial year he worked behind the scenes with these then presidential candidates to make sure Nigeria did not disintegrate
- Praising former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Bakare said that between May 1999 and March 2007, Nigeria’s external reserves compounded from 4.98 billion dollars to 59.37 billion dollars
Pastor Tunde Bakare, the general overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, has revealed how he worked with former Head of states Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari to save Nigeria from disintegration in 2015.
Bakare disclosed this in his speech at the African Forum Scotland and the Association of Nigerians in Scotland, in Glasgow, United Kingdom, Vanguard reports.
He said: “Unknown to many observers, in 2015, following the lifting of the embargo, I worked closely behind the scenes with the two leading candidates in the presidential election at the time, then President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, towards ensuring that the election results were upheld and that the transition was smooth.
“I saw, at close quarters, how the fate of a nation could hang on a single decision. Therefore, believe me when I tell you that we escaped disintegration by the whiskers.
“Now, four years after that escape, our nation is once again headed on a collision course with probable instability unless the tense atmosphere associated with our four-year electocratic insanity is managed with utmost wisdom.
“Once again, I have found myself in the inner workings of the chaotic political process and I can tell you that we live in precarious times. How long can our nation stand if we continue along this path? Is it not time to address the foundations once and for all?
“What, then, is the way forward and what is the role of the diaspora? Answers to these questions will constitute the concluding aspects of this address.”
However, Bakare praised former president Olusegun Obasanjo for putting together the most competent team by any government in Nigeria’s history till presently but left an allegedly poor legacy.
He said: “Between May 1999 and March 2007, Nigeria’s external reserves compounded from 4.98 billion dollars to 59.37 billion dollars.”
“Aside opportunistic factors such as the oil windfall, these results were the outcome of astute economic management by an economic team comprised of the likes of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Dr. Charles Chukwuma Soludo and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, among others.
“That economic team was arguably the most competent ever assembled by any government in Nigeria’s history till date. Credit must be given to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for assembling that team.
“One would have thought that this brilliant team that oversaw the Nigerian dimension of ‘Africa Rising’ would be given priority in the succession plan of then President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“Instead, after a botched third term agenda, the Obasanjo administration bequeathed to Nigeria a legacy of lame and limping successor governments that first sunk Nigeria into a constitutional crisis and then oversaw the plundering of the nation’s wealth in a free-for-all corruption jamboree.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Bakare had denied reports that he wanted to run for Nigeria's presidential seat in 2019.
In tweets of his sermon on Sunday, January 14 at his Latter Rain Assembly in Ogba area of Lagos state, the pastor said his message from God was misinterpreted.
According to his tweets, at no point did he say he would run in 2019 or declared open a presidential campaign as was inferred in the reports of his Monday, January 1, sermon.
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