On twenty eighth October 2019, Pastor Tunde Bakare mentioned the next, “Tinubu will give account for all his deeds. He shouldn’t be seen as a beneficiant man, he’s an integral a part of the rot in Nigeria”.
It is a sturdy condemnation of a person that has been variously described because the ‘Lion of Bourdillon’, the ‘Jagaban of Borgu’ and the ‘Asiwaju of Iragbiji’ and the phrases replicate the utter contempt that Bakare has for him.
Curiously, only one 12 months and two months later, on twentieth December 2020, the identical Tunde Bakare modified the music and mentioned the next about the identical man.
He mentioned, “Individuals ought to see Tinubu as a Yoruba hero, he shouldn’t be vilified. Like Jephthah the Gileadite, he has fought many battles on behalf of the Yoruba folks and gained regardless of his tough starting and God doesn’t want anyone’s permission to place such in his corridor of fame regardless of their previous deeds and ancestry. Regardless of his rising up challenges, the dents and the detours of his life, he like Jephthah delivered Lagos State and practically all of the southwest states from the onslaught of the PDP from 1999 to 2007. Reality be advised, with out his cooperation and political dexterity, the APC victory on the polls in 2015 and 2019 would have been inconceivable.
Bakare continued: “I’ve a phrase for some Yoruba folks whose inventory in commerce is nothing however a rancorous noise characterised by bitterness and resentment in regards to the ancestry of the previous two-term governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Carry your stone. I’ve a phrase for these Yoruba rancorous parts, noisemakers who haven’t achieved as a lot as Asiwaju Tinubu has achieved, however are all the time querying and worrying themselves about his ancestry. Those that are envious of Mr. Tinubu and people who need to take his energy slot ought to cease their ineffective speak about him, and busy themselves with what can add worth to society”.
I listened to Bakare’s phrases, spoken from the sanctity of his pulpit, 3 times and I used to be astounded. I requested myself what may have probably made him flip in such an unceremonious, undignified and inglorious method?
I regarded his new-found and newly-cultivated groveling and sycophantic assertions about Tinubu as being not solely self-serving, smug, pitiful and condescending but in addition, to borrow Mr. Phil Sensible’s phrases, a “celebration of criminality and a desecration of the pulpit”.
I requested myself over and over whether or not this was the identical man saying one factor on the finish of 2019 and saying the alternative on the finish of 2020?
I had no alternative however to borrow an previous expression of shock and a profound exclamation of disbelief from Pastor Femi Adesina, the spokesman to President Buhari, who first used it in certainly one of his most good essays about fifteen years in the past and I shouted “leaping Jehoshaphat!”.
I requested myself, what on earth may have occurred to my previous good friend and brother and somebody who, in my opinion, is undoubtedly probably the most revered clerics of our time?
I’ve all the time had a lot respect and affection for him. I’ve all the time beloved him and the reality is that no matter all this I nonetheless do as a result of, like yours actually, he’s deeply brave and completely fearless.
He has all the time had the braveness of his convictions and he’s a formidable fighter who has achieved a lot for the Physique of Christ and the Kingdom of God.
Nevertheless on this Tinubu matter he has not achieved justice to himself and he has indulged in an inexcusable fake pas!
I’m constrained to ask, why this sudden u-turn on Jagaban? Is there one thing he is aware of in the present day that he didn’t know one 12 months in the past? If that’s the case can he probably share it with us in order that we will probably contemplate doing a volte face too? Or is that they’ve one thing on him?
Is he being blackmailed? Are his balls being squeezed by a hidden hand? Why has he abruptly misplaced what my good friend and brother, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, typically describes as “testicular fortitude?”.
Is his chain being pulled by somebody? Have they got one thing on him? Is there a deep darkish secret someplace that we all know nothing about and that they’re dangling over his head just like the sword of Damocles?
Might this volte face have been motivated by the truth that an unsavoury occasion which allegedly passed off in 1990 within the lifetime of the Pastor was about to be uncovered by the Tinubu camp? I’m not making any allegations right here: I’m solely asking a query.
Once more, may it have something to do with an allegedly ugly state of affairs with a Financial institution whose possession not too long ago modified palms?
As soon as once more let me be clear: I’ve not made any allegations right here however I’m merely asking whether or not that is true or false.
Regardless of the case let me say this: Bola Tinubu could also be beloved and adored within the APC however he’s no Jeptha.
To say that he’s will not be solely deeply insulting to the reminiscence of one of many biggest, most revered, most brave and most noble Previous Testomony figures within the Holy Bible however it additionally smacks of chicanery, recklessness and opportunism.
Bakare can love and admire Tinubu as a lot as he likes. That’s his proper and prerogative.
What he can not do is inform these of us which have robust reservations about Jagaban and what he stands for to like and admire him as nicely.
Extra importantly he can not insult us for refusing to take action. Respect and affection are earned and can’t be imposed by risk or compulsion.
For the sons of Oduduwa and each right-thinking southerner and Center Belter that has not had his thoughts twisted and his head brainwashed by the faux information media over the past 5 years, the Buhari administration is the more serious Federal Authorities within the historical past of Nigeria. And it’s a Authorities that Tinubu had a serious hand in putting in.
Fairly aside from being a conglomeration and alliance of ill-bred touts and ill-mannered idiots, it’s also a Authorities that may greatest be described as an unadulterated aberration and a cancerous affliction.
It’s a merciless, inept, bumbling, abrasive, vicious, obnoxious, chaotic, poisonous, sociopathic and paranoid Authorities which is undergirded by ineptitude and incompetence, which has divided and destroyed our nation and which he and a handful of others (a lot of whom have since recanted, apologised and repented) helped to deliver to energy.
Fairly aside from being anti-the Nigerian folks, it’s also essentially the most anti-Christian Authorities that our nation has ever recognized. It’s a Authorities that has nothing however contempt for Christians and that doesn’t shrink back from displaying it.
It’s a Authorities that has impoverished it’s folks, terrorized them, humiliated them, tormented them, insulted them and turned them into second class residents, crawling slaves, beggardly field-hands and pitiful serfs.
It’s a Authorities with a hideous and hateful ethnic and spiritual agenda which seeks to disempower, discredit and destroy all however its personal.
It’s a Authorities that has pampered terrorists and rewarded them with huge ransom funds and it’s a Authorities of desolation and destruction that thrives on wickedness and injustice.
It’s a Authorities that has turned a blind eye to the actions of the herdsmen and bandits and that has fought Boko Haram and ISWA with child gloves.
It’s a Authorities of hate, double requirements and deceit that has murdered its personal residents and that seeks to intimidate and silence opposite and dissenting voices.
It’s a Authorities that has cowered the civil society teams, members of the opposition and all the political class into silence as a result of it’s so vindictive, brutal, barbaric, relentless and ruthless.
It’s a Authorities that has turned its again on humanity, that despises the Residing God and that has nothing however contempt for His counsel and His objective.
It’s a Authorities of calamity and sorrows that loves darkness and that hates gentle. It’s Authorities of hardship and oppression and one which has ushered in additional corruption, extra recession, extra struggling, extra injustice, extra calamities and extra plagues than ALL the earlier Governments in our complete historical past put collectively.
It’s a Authorities that has achieved extra harm, poured extra venom and unleashed extra vitriol and scorn on the elders of the South West in Afenifere, the elders of the South East in Ohanaeze, the elders of the Center Belt within the Center Belt Discussion board and the elders of the South South in PANDEM, than ANY different.
It’s a Authorities that has demonised the assorted self-determination teams like IPOB, MASSOB, OPC, IYC, MEND and others in our nation and has sought to intimidate and destroy them greater than another.
It’s a Authorities that hates and despises something or anybody that’s healthful, honorable, pristine, erudite, discovered and clear greater than another.
It’s a Authorities that has shamelessly indulged in such a excessive diploma of nepotism, spiritual bigotry and ethnic chauvinism and that has so “northernised” the nation that even level-headed, rational, affordable, revered and accountable voices like that of the brave, insightful and irrepressible Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, has had trigger to say that had Buhari been from the South there would have been a navy coup d’etat by now.
Allow me to share the Bishop’s actual phrases. In a Christmas day sermon titled ‘A Nation In Search Of Vindication’ he mentioned,
“Each sincere Nigerian is aware of that there isn’t any method any non-northern Muslim President may have achieved a fraction of what President Buhari has achieved by his nepotism and received away with it. There would have been a navy coup a very long time in the past or we’d have been at warfare. The President might have concluded that Christians will do nothing and can stay with these actions! Pastor Adesina was proper to name us wailers. On the unhappy state of affairs in Nigeria, the United Nations has wailed. The Pope has wailed. Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, Monks, Pastors have wailed. Emirs have wailed. Politicians have wailed. The Sultan has wailed. The north that the President sought to privilege has develop into a cauldron of ache and a valley of dry bones”.
Kukah hit the nail on the pinnacle. It’s no marvel that the Southern Nigeria and Center Belt Discussion board have risen up in his defence and publicly counseled him for his perception and braveness. I’m additionally glad that the Catholic Church has backed him too.
It’s a Authorities that has persistently ignored the admonitions and warnings and closed its ears to the counsel of average voices within the core Muslim North led by His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and the likes of forward-thinking, bridge-building and progressive northern leaders like Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state and lots of others who don’t share the supremacist mindset or hegemonist disposition of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lastly, it’s a Authorities that has been rejected by God and that can finally face His judgement.
Bakare ought to contemplate all this when he tells us to like Tinubu: a person who is actually the spine and supply of energy of this failed and evil Authorities that has introduced us near the brink.
When he tells us that had it not been for Jagaban Buhari wouldn’t have come to energy he’s exposing the explanation for and supply of our distress and ache and he’s demanding that we should always love that supply.
He doesn’t have the proper or the mandate to inform us who to comply with and neither does he converse for anybody however himself. His authority begins and ends in his Church.
He can stand with Tinubu and reward him as a lot as he likes however he would do nicely to desist from lecturing and speaking all the way down to these of us that don’t share his views about him.
Jagaban could also be Bakare’s hero and messiah however he stays a culturally wicked, power-obsessed, morally bankrupt reprobate villain and the proverbial “enemy inside” to thousands and thousands.
Fairly aside from that he’s additionally an mental lilliputian, a religious vampire and a political pimp who has been outplayed and outmaneuvered by the very forces that he has nurtured and served over the past 5 years.
All of the fiery and self-righteous sermons on this planet can not change that.
Allow me to finish this contribution with the phrases of Comrade Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman for Afenifere.
After listening to Bakare’s sermon on Tinubu he wrote, “It’s the very peak of the abuse of the podium for a Pastor to say to us irrespective of how God-forsaken the nation has develop into that if any person is accused of being a thief, the remainder of us ought to go and develop into thieves as nicely. That’s some bizarre Sunday college of demonic dimension bordering on conceitedness and complete disdain in your congregation whom you now not see as youngsters of God however political devices that may be abused for any objective and need.”
I couldn’t agree with Yinka extra.
On his half, my brother, Mr. Kayode Samuel, a well-respected columnist with monumental affect and probably the most good minds in Nigeria wrote, “The individuals who take Tunde Bakare as a Pastor could also be disillusioned by his current verbal effusions. However those that know him to be not more than an opportunistic politician will simply relaxation straightforward and sigh!”
Kayode was as eloquent and insightful as ever.
But the person who takes the primary prize by way of his understanding and evaluation of Bakare is Mr. Wale Lanre Ojo, the Senior Particular Assistant on Tourism to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state. He mentioned, “Pastor Tunde Bakare’s mouth is smelling! He’s so filthy and soiled. I’m ashamed of that sort of fellow being a prophet of God. He’s telling us that noble ancestry, respectable livelihood, the honesty of objective, good and refined training, integrity and onerous work usually are not crucial components for future reference. The sakabular pastor is encouraging the younger ones to loot, steal, have interaction in fraudulent acts, promote medication, do passport racketeering of their youth as these won’t rely towards them sooner or later. Garbage from the pulpit. Disgrace on him”.
I would like say no extra.
(Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Sadaukin Shinkafi)