- Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly has called on all presidential candidates to place the interests of Nigeria beyond their political interests
- Pastor Bakare made the call on Sunday, January 20, at the Latter Rain Assembly
- The cleric says Nigeria needs a uniting force that can rally the country's diverse strengths around a common narrative, towards a common objective, to achieve a common vision
Pastor Tunde Bakare, the presiding pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, has urged presidential candidates to look beyond the 2019 elections and place the interest of the nation above their political interests.
Bakare, who is also the convener of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), gave the advice in Lagos on Sunday, January 20, while delivering the 2019 state of the nation address in his church, NAN reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he urged all the candidates not to see the 2019 election as a do-or-die affair or consider winning it as the only means of impacting positively on nation-building and good governance.
The SNG convener said Nigeria was losing with the winner-takes-all politics, adding that he believed all candidates could work together in a team after the polls for the common agenda of building a better Nigeria.
He said: “Our country needs a uniting force that can rally our diverse strengths around a common narrative, towards a common objective, to achieve a common vision – The Nigeria of Our Dreams.
“After all is said and done, may Nigeria win, no matter who wins or loses in this year’s elections. After the elections, we have a nation to build together.
“I am reminded of the words of Anwar al-Sadat, ‘There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones’.
“With our zero-sum game and winner-takes-all politics, we could be losing the ideas, the brilliance, and all the strengths required to build a nation.
“But when, beyond the elections, the Buharis, the Atikus, the Moghalus, the Ezekwesilis, the Durotoyes, the Sowores and the likes come together to minimise our weaknesses and maximise our strengths, as one political family, with one agenda – nationhood, we can shape a new nation beyond 2019."
Bakare said restructuring was a precondition for the progress of the country, advising that candidates could form what he called ‘team restructuring’ to address the country’s challenges after the elections.
He said the array of brilliant candidates paraded by some of the political parties was a good development for the nation’s democracy.
Bakare said with candidates like Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Professor Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), voters had great choices to select from.
The SNG convener added that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubabakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had also made promises for a better Nigeria and that it was left for the electorate to make their choice.
He, however, said he was disappointed by the way people both APC and PDP had made the journey of Abubakar a big issue.
Bakare said the issue of who could or could not travel to America had little or no relevance to governance and the nation’s development.
The SNG convener urged politicians to face the real campaign issues and stop distracting Nigerians with things that could not better their lots.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presiding pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, said he told President Muhammadu Buhari that he (Bakare) would become Nigeria's 16th president.
The Lagos-based cleric made the statement in an interview in Calgary, Canada, adding that he was building a political family from across the world, which would be deployed for future political aspirations.
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