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Tunde Bakare, the overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, says that in 2011, God showed him a vision of President Muhammadu Buhari stabilising Nigeria.
Bakare and Buhari both contested for the presidency in the 2011 presidential election under the platform of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), but they lost the ticket to then Peoples Democratic Party’s Umaru Musa Yar’adua.
Speaking in his state of the nation address, to celebrate Easter on Sunday, Bakare lamented the present state of Nigeria and explained why he believed in Buhari and ensured he became the president.
“After the controversial and divisive 2011 elections, as Nigeria drifted along sectional undercurrents and the nation sought a unifying force, some of us prevailed on General Muhammadu Buhari not to quit the stage but to take back his words and form a coalition of the best of the North and the best of the South to salvage our nation,” Bakare said.
“I must admit that I played a critical role in that mission. God had shown me in a vision that GMB still had a role to play in stabilising Nigeria.”
Speaking further on the Buhari administration that has been debated to be worse than the PDP’s government it had replaced, Bakare warned that Buhari’s legacy is in grave danger of being confined to an unsavoury side of history.
He said that having kept quiet for long; he is forced to speak because the country does not reflect the dreams he had with Buhari when he was invited to become his running mate in 2011.
“I have laid a historical background as an introduction to this address because it is time to speak out. I am compelled to speak out because this is not the Nigeria General Muhammadu Buhari and I had dreams to create when he invited me to be his running mate in 2011,” he said.
“I am compelled to speak out because the state of the nation does not represent the Buhari I knew when we took that solemn journey towards rebuilding Nigeria.
“I am compelled to cry out because of the intent of the president as contained in his tribute dated October 14, 2019 in honour of my 65th birthday, PMB wrote to me: “We have shared ideas on how to engender a better country and formed a tag team for political power. May the ideas germinate fully, proliferate and give us the country of our dreams.”
“I am compelled to speak out at this point because, given the state of the nation, the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari is in grave danger of being confined to an unsavoury side of history. I am indeed compelled to speak out because Nigeria is in a state of emergency.”