May 21, 2024

Lagos—During a recent address, Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Senior Pastor of the Citadel Global Community Church (formerly known as the Latter Rain Church), conveyed his stance on the removal of fuel subsidy, emphasizing his concern about corruption within the system. Although he acknowledged the adverse economic impact of eliminating the subsidy and its toll on Nigerian citizens, Bakare directed a message to President Bola Tinubu, urging him to combat corruption rather than harming Nigerians.

The passionate televangelist also called upon Tinubu to spearhead a genuine anti-corruption campaign, transcend personal vendettas, promote reconciliation, and instill a sense of unity among all Nigerians.

Speaking during a State of the Nation broadcast themed “Vice, Virtue, and Time: The Three Things That Shall Never Stand Still,” held at the church auditorium in Ikeja, Lagos, Bakare criticized the proposed military intervention by ECOWAS in the Niger Republic.

Addressing the challenging economic conditions in the country, he stated, “What is clear regarding our domestic challenges is that subjecting Nigerians to hardship without targeting the corrupt individuals, corporations, and government officials who have exploited Nigeria under the guise of subsidy, is an erroneous approach taken by the president.”

Bakare questioned the president’s assertion that a significant amount of money, which could have been allocated to public transportation, healthcare, education, housing, and national security, was being funneled to a select group of individuals. He inquired about the identity of these individuals benefiting from such funds and those involved in fraudulent activities related to subsidies.

He implored President Tinubu to prioritize the fight against corruption over any actions that negatively impact Nigerians, emphasizing the significance of tackling corruption as a means to alleviate the people’s suffering.

Bakare also criticized ECOWAS’s proposal for military intervention in the Niger Republic following a coup, describing it as counterproductive. He referenced historical examples, such as the aftermath of the United States’ invasion of Iraq in 2003, to caution against engaging in prolonged conflicts. He urged leaders in Africa to focus on good governance and moral leadership rather than attempting to achieve compliance through force.

Lastly, Bakare raised concerns about recent actions by the Department of State Services (DSS), highlighting instances where due process and the rule of law were seemingly disregarded. He specifically mentioned the handling of the case involving the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele. Bakare criticized the perception that the anti-corruption effort was motivated by a desire to suppress political opponents and highlighted the importance of equitable justice.

Bakare concluded by asserting that if Emefiele were found guilty of any wrongdoing, he should be prosecuted according to the law.

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