The Fiery Priest In A Flaming Politics
ElevateNews takes a look at Pastor Bakare’s quest for power and his attack on Bola Tinubu.
By the time the Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare finally throws his cap in the ring to contest the presidential election in Nigeria, he will realise that the stage goes beyond the pulpit.
Bakare has once enjoyed President Muhammadu Buhari’s political status when the former soldier was still seeking the best route to take and the appropriate flagbearer to choose in his search for the presidential seat.
Buhari chose Bakare to run with him as the Vice-presidential candidate of the CPC but they lost woefully. And until recently when Bakare spoke from his pulpit again that he would become the next Nigerian president after Buhari.
That is the pastor’s vision shortly after the rumour that the Aso Rock cabals would soon force vice president Yemi Osinbajo to resign.
Osinbajo is another pastor, an academic and professor of law. Just like Osinbajo, the latter rain pastor, Bakare is also a lawyer.
However, Bakare is a radical pastor who speaks without minding whose ox is gored. He prophesies a better future for himself but wishes bad future for those that could stop his political ambition.
Bakare would have preferred to become Nigerian president without an election. Perhaps he foresaw himself becoming the vice president when the news of Osinbajo’s alleged fraud was flying around. Bakare sees himself as the closest cleric to Buhari in the South and that he could become the next president through this permutation.
He must have been disappointed that the mafia plan to broker the peace between Buhari and Osinbajo fizzled naturally as the two now relate as if there was never a story to set them apart.
Bakare’s anger became visible when he came hard on the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, ranting that “Lion of Bourdillon” would have to vomit all that he had stolen to become Nigerian president.
No doubt, there are facts that Tinubu would be racing for the Nigerian highest seat come 2023. He has been silent about it though but he has the right like any other Nigerian to do so. But the war against him is coming more from his Southwest region and among his clans who think that he is corrupt and should not be supported.
Bakare is a pastor but this does not make him a saint. He should file a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC just as a group has done if he has any evidence that the former governor actually looted the public treasury.
God has a place for pastors and kings. That the pastors must speak from the pulpit and kings from the palace. If Bakare has the ambition of becoming the Nigerian president, it is better he quits the pulpit to form a political platform where to launch his presidential campaign.
It is good that he criticizes the successive administrations from the pulpit but when every word is now about how he can rule the country and why no other person is fit, there is much to his ambition.