The general overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare has disclosed that he would address President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as his president when he is eventually inaugurated as Nigeria’s president.
The cleric and politician, during a webinar on Saturday, alleged a series of malpractices during the 2023 elections, saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made a mess of the electioneering process.
He said this during the Question & Answer session after delivering his speech on the Zoom programme titled: ‘Building the New Nigeria: The Role of the Diaspora’.
The programmed was organised by the PTB4Nigeria In Diaspora Group.
The meeting, which began by 7pm had over 200 participants.
While speaking earlier during the programme, the pastor turned politician said the 2023 elections were below acceptable standards.
When asked if he would be happy to work for the new government as a Minister of Diaspora Engagements, he laughed and said he would say what he said to the President, Muhammadu Buhari last week.
Bakare revealed that he told Buhari sometimes he called him President of Nigeria and other times, he called him “My President.”
He said, “Last Wednesday, I was at the Glass House where he (Buhari) has been restricted now because the main house is being renovated. I said I have done that for you. I want you to know that, because of the circumstances of your flying into power on the wings of integrity and incorruptibility, but you’re now passing onto someone who does not have that value.
He said that at “any public lecture anywhere, before this mess is cleared off, I will address Asiwaju (Tinubu) as a President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria but I will never call him my president.”
He said he didn’t participate in the elections, and therefore, no one could say he lost.
Bakare, who participated in the All Progressives Congress presidential primary in June 2022, where nomination forms were sold for N100 million, polled no single vote.
Briefly touching on this, he said, “I participated in the primary, and there were hundreds (of persons) who participated only by stepping down, so there is no shame in what we have done. We spoke truth to power.
“I wasn’t there when they voted, I wasn’t there when they scored (me) zero, but we won that badge of zero and badge of honour,” he said, adding that this was because some defeats were more triumphant than victories.
Answering the question, he said if he was called to be a minister under the incoming government, there would be conditions to it, “but I am not desperate to be a minister, not at all. I was offered before but I turned it down. My life is not just to take photographs with the president and shake hands.
“But we will do if it will benefit even one citizen.”
Tinubu will on Monday, May 29, be sworn in as the President of Nigeria.Follow us on social media