Bandits, kidnappers, others now commander-in-chief of Nigeria - Bakare

Bandits, kidnappers, others now commander-in-chief of Nigeria - Bakare

- Pastor Tunde Bakare has lamented that bandits and kidnappers are now in charge of Nigeria

- The general overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly made the comment on Sunday, May 12 during his church sermon

- The respected cleric said his stance was due to their overwhelming presence across the country

The general overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, May 12, submitted that bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, killer herdsmen and looters had become the commander-in-chief of Nigeria.

The cleric said his stance was due to their overwhelming presence across the country and the inability of the relevant authorities to stop their activities.

According to him, the whole nation is under the control of terrorists and they are in charge.

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His words: “It is evident that the bandits; criminals, killing people every day; those kidnapping people over the place; and cattle rustlers and killer herdsmen terrorising the people are in charge in this country; they are the commander-in-chief.

“Nobody seems to know what to do anymore; the terrorists are in charge. They have even extended their regime to these areas. They now kidnap lecturers; doctors are no longer safe.

“The whole nation is under the control of terrorists. But in the name of the Lord, Nigeria shall be delivered. I shall witness the deliverance and greatness of Nigeria.”

Pastor Bakare who was delivering sermon titled: “The sign of Jonah, the prophet,” also described as shameful the presidency’s attempt to put Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria on the same social status as the Yoruba and Igbo socio-cultural bodies, Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, respectively.

In the sermon posted to the church's official website, he said: “It is shameful for anyone to compare Miyetti Allah with Afenifere. Such person cannot be in his right senses to think that Miyetti Allah and Afenifere and Ohanaeze are the same.

“How can a group that has been rated as the fourth most deadly group in the world by the United Nations, a group of terrorists, be the same as Afenifere?

“How can a group that kills people, rap*s women, destroys houses be on the same scale as Afenifere? Do Afenifere members carry weapons?

“And to show the true colour of the person doing the comparison, he left out the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) from his comparison as if that one is above everybody else.

“If you have to put Afenifere and Ohanaeze on the same scale as Miyetti Allah, why did you exclude the ACF? Is it not to tell everyone that the ACF is superior to other groups in the country?”

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Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of incompetence in handling the nation’s security challenges.

PDP’s spokesperson, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, who was a guest on Channels Television on Sunday, May 5, said the president lacks the capacity to lead Nigeria out of its security crisis.

Afegbua also accused the federal government of not addressing insecurity, claiming that it will be surprising if the next day’s headline does not capture any report of killing.

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