Pastor Tunde Bakare the founder of the Latter Rain Assembly, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is working hard to put Nigeria on the right track. His exact words were: ‘Buhari is working himself to the bones’ in order to put things in order.
While speaking with Punch, Pastor Bakare who is one of the major influences in Nigerian politics, said: “The human memory is fickle and we forget things easily. In the past administration, in Borno State, how many local governments were seized by Boko Haram? They were many. But today, not a single one is being controlled by the sect.
“President Buhari inherited rot from the past administration and we forget so quickly because our expectations are so high. The Change mantra was so real to us that we thought those who were tenants would become landlords overnight and those who were riding ‘okada’ would just own Mercedes Benz cars.
“Things don’t happen that way. If it took God seven days to fix the chaos in the earth, please give us a break because a day with God is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. Is this government working or they are just sleeping?
“I love what former President Olusegun Obasanjo said recently. He told us how he inherited a low foreign reserve and then went ahead to get the best and the brightest people to build it. That’s what is needed here.
“A good leader must have wisdom and courage to take those actions that need to be taken. What I’ll implore President Buhari to do is to let Nigerians know concerning the things that will start happening in October.
“He should let them know that, ‘See, this is where we are and this is where I want to go and to go between here and there, there’s a gulf and we need to blow the bridge. These are the materials we’re using to build the bridge.
“These are the men I want to use and I’m giving them so-so timeline to deliver. This will encourage the people to know their president is talking to them and we pray that the communication should continue, but as far as working is concerned, the man is working himself to bones.
“I also think the APC should put its house in order and stop fighting because when a chicken starts to eat its intestine, the end is near.”
He also spoke on the fight against corruption which has been one of the major platforms of the Buhari administration, saying: “In fact, I don’t think President Buhari is the one fighting corruption. I only said it’s his vision. He’s not the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, he’s not the Attorney General of the Federation, he’s not the Inspector-General of Police.
“What needs to happen is to have a formidable team with clearly stated responsibilities. The President is one man and can’t do all the things I’ve enumerated on his own.
“When you have a team that is working together, things will improve because you cannot say this is what I will do and leave the other areas to suffer. It’s not going to augur well for the country. There seems to be a disconnect somewhere.
“However, in the month of October, I’m sure we will begin to smile. We may not laugh but I’m sure we will begin to see certain changes in certain directions,” the pastor concluded.
Meanwhile, Pastor Tunde Bakare was among those President Buhari received in his Daura Katsina residence on Tuesday, September 13 for the Eid celebrations. Others present for that day’s Sallah’s celebration were: Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Mr Jimi Lawal, the special adviser to the governor of Kaduna state, Mr Akeem Bello-Osagie the chairman of Etisalat and Dr Folarin Gbadebo-Smithm, CEO of the center for Public Policy Alternatives (CPPA).