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Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (formerly known as Latter Rain) has on Sunday blasted those who misunderstood his statement he made about the contributions of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Pastor said his words were taken out of context of the sermon. He slammed those who suggested that he had collected money for his statement because he is not for sale.
Recall that Bakare had on Sunday, December 20, commended Tinubu for winning many battles for the Yorubas and for delivering Lagos State and nearly all the South-West states from the onslaught of the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) from 1999 to 2007.
The clip from the sermon generated controversy as Bakare had previously criticised Tinubu on many occasions, some others felt the praise was an attempted whitewash for a Tinubu presidency.
However, while speaking to his congregation on Sunday at the church’s headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos in a message titled, ‘There is None Holy as the Lord’, the Pastor gave a rebuttal to the criticism he has faced.
He said, “One would have thought that the whole message of over an hour would be listened to so that the context of the clip that went viral would be listened to before judgment is passed by those who considered us to have taken a 360-turnaround compared to the thoughts we had taken previously about the man many love to hate and many hate to love.
“Instead, the bath water and the baby were both thrown out by some self-appointed undertakers who think the way forward in our dilemma as a nation is to uproot the tares and separate them from the wheat long before the harvest time ordained by God.
“The same undertakers wilfully forget that the current mixture of the bad, the good, and the ugly in the polity are a result of the negligence of our past and present leaders, who slept on duty and allowed the enemy to sow the tares while the good man had planted good seeds on the ground.”
He insisted that no one paid him for his opinions because he has been bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and no other price can match that.
“You think somebody will pay me for what I am doing? No one is rich enough to do it. No one in this country or elsewhere is rich enough. And I am not for sale because I have been bought. I was bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary and no other price can match that. And if you know of anyone who has given me money at any time to do what I am doing, expose it.
“One gentleman in particular labelled the part of the message he heard without listening to the rest. With all the PhDs he acquired, he said, ‘Tunde Bakare strategical delegitimisation of Tinubu.’
“Brothers and sisters, I say this before God who will judge the quick and the dead, none of these things is true. They are all the figments of the imagination of the writers and they are entitled to their opinions.”