Pastor Tunde Bakare, the General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, warned Muhammadu Buhari, the winner of the presidential election, against employing people with doubtful character in his administration.
The pastor said that some of those people were among those who enabled Buhari’s success in the March 28 poll.
Bakare, who was the running mate to Buhari in the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, spoke at the 26th anniversary of his church on Sunday, April 5.
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The cleric delivered a message named, ‘Democracy audit: chances, choices and consequences.’
The 60-year-old pastor advised the president-elect to start the fight against corruption from his circle and show a good example, saying change cannot be realized if this was not done.
Bakare said: “I congratulate Nigerians; we have chosen a man of integrity as our President. But integrity is not enough to run a government.
“May the good Lord surround the President-elect with men and women of goodwill, great intellectual capacity, competence and character to help restore our wasted years.
“I pray sincerely that not all those who facilitated his winning the election will be among those who run the government. I did say before the election that I trust the person of General Buhari but not all those around him.
“I mean every word of it because many of them are nothing but Ali Baba and 40 thieves. And if these are the same who would go into government, you can’t fight evil with evil. You can as well kiss the anti-corruption stance of Mr. President-elect goodbye.”
The pastor prayed for former military ruler to have the required wisdom and strength, stating that people were already submitting requests to him to serve in the incoming government.
“You don’t know how many applications are in my phone. I am not the Vice-President; I am not looking for a job. They said ‘we know General Buhari listens to you; if I cannot get Minister of Works, maybe I will get Minister of Aviation’.
“The vultures are now going round and round. If he does not have quality people around him, then they will put round pegs in square holes and within two years, we are back to square one.”
Pastor Bakare also commended the INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega for his management and “comportment in the face of grave accusation and provocation.”
He also praised the current leader of Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan, for conceding defeat, stating that he had written his name in gold.
Bakare advised Buhari before the presidential poll to accept defeat if the APC lost, and join hands with the winner to lead the nation to greater heights. He also said that he was in doubt about the reliability of “Buhari’s environment.”
Reverend William Okoye, a former chaplain of Aso Villa during the government of the ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked Buhari to decrease the cost of power by reducing the number of political offices in the country.