Fiery preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare on Sunday said the condition of the country today doesn’t address the President Muhammadu Buhari he knew.
He cautioned that except if the president woke up from sleep, his inheritance was in grave danger of being confined to an unsavory side of history.
Bakare, in a State of the Nation broadcast, said “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.
“I’m constrained to stand up in light of the fact that the condition of the country doesn’t address the Buhari I knew when we took that grave excursion towards remaking Nigeria.
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 unsavory side of history. I am indeed compelled to speak out because Nigeria is in a state of emergency,” he lamented.
Bakare, the founder of The Citadel Global Community Church, said the nation’s survival is hanging in the balance and that the nation had been rushed to the emergency room.
“The diagnosis indicates that a surgical procedure is unavoidable; the longer it is postponed, the more she stands to lose and the longer it will take for her to recover. The purpose of this address is to present the facts of this diagnosis and point a way out of our current crisis even as we approach a critical juncture in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The purpose of this address is to ensure that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari finishes strong and breaks the jinx of the second-term curse,” he said.
Bakare said as laudable as the achievements of Buhari during his first tenure were, the current state of the nation was a clear indication that these efforts have been insufficient in
“They have been unable to address the underlying problems of the Nigerian nation. The
a major limitation of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been the failure to appreciate the fact that the problems of Nigeria are more deeply rooted than these honest efforts can reach, and that what is required is a holistic and systematic approach to governance.
“Unfortunately, after winning re-election in 2019, rather than do a deep dive to address the fundamental causes of our national malady by dealing with the root causes of insecurity, corruption, and joblessness, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari decided to treat more symptoms by broadening its agenda.
“Instead, we have spent time papering over cracks and dressing windows while the weak foundational structures are crumbling under the weight of neglect,” he said.
On security, Bakare said the president must intensify the clampdown on terrorism and banditry by expanding support to the armed forces in terms of technology, armory, logistics, prompt action on military intelligence, as well as inspirational leadership to sustain
the morale of the newly appointed service chiefs.
“Beyond these, the devolution of policing powers to the subnational governments must be prioritized, saying that the state governments must be empowered to form local police forces and to provide cutting edge training and equipment for these forces.