A New Nigeria Still Possible –Tunde Bakare
Pastor Tunde Bakare, The Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, and one of the APC Presidential contestants in the last party primary election has declared that a new Nigeria is possible. Sen. Bola Tinubu the best in the 2023 general elections, saying that .
Pastor Bakare, made the declaration while addressing members of his congregation and supporters on the outcome of the APC primary election during the church’s Sunday service in Lagos.
Bakare said, “A New Nigeria is still possible and I remain committed to such a new Nigeria that would work for all and sundry”.
Congratulating the winner of the keenly contested presidential primary election, the lawyer turned cleric said, “I congratulate the winner of the APC presidential primaries, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his victory.
“His emergence as the flagbearer and presidential candidate of the APC is a testament to his significant contributions to the course of the South-West as well as his labour towards the formation and establishment of the APC as I have said in times past.
“I, therefore, extend best wishes to him as he proceeds on the campaign trail towards the 2023 general elections,” Bakare said.
Speaking to the congregation, Pastor Bakare said, “As the main constituency and core group I am accountable to, I deem it appropriate to share a few thoughts with you first.”
Since the conclusion of the APC Primaries in Abuja I have received an almost endless stream of visitors and shared various impressions, but, I am yet to make any official public statements.
Sharing his political journey, Bakare said he had a lifelong commitment to serving his nation, Nigeria. But, it was antithetical that some parents wanted their children to grow up to be President but did not want them to become politicians in the process.
He further states, he remained convinced now more than ever that the quest to serve his beloved nation, Nigeria, had been a worthy adventure for a worthy cause.
He added, “as a presidential aspirant at the APC’s Special Convention, it had been a great honour for him to be the standard-bearer of the message of a New Nigeria, a Nigeria that works for every Nigerian.”
Thanking his congregation and supporters across the nation and in the Diaspora for their unalloyed support despite the challenges leading up to the primaries. Bakare said, “Our heads remain unbowed because we did not compromise on the values that are integral to building a New Nigeria.
“For us, the means have always been as important as the end. This is why we confidently wear our “zero votes” as a badge of “zero tolerance for a certain kind of politics”.
Quoting from the scripture, he said his confidence was rooted in the book of Daniel 4:17 that says, Only God rules human kingdoms and can raise leaders out of losers. “Since I will ultimately give account to God, I will continually trust Him despite what may today appear to be a setback”.
“There is still a cause and there is still a nation to transform. This is not the work of just one man or woman or just one party, but the calling upon every Nigerian worthy of the name”.
Pastor Bakare prayed that the good Lord will bless Nigeria with leaders not in love with money but in love with justice; leaders not in love with publicity but in love with humanity and leaders who can subject their particular egos to the pressing urges of the great cause of freedom.
“May we all find it within ourselves to become these leaders no matter the temptation to be less than”, he prayed.
According to Bakare, Nigeria has a seat at the table of nationhood, especially an ideal Nigeria where peace and justice reign. “This is the moment where those leaders must begin to revive the dreams of our founding patriots; the dreams of a Nigeria strong and united though tribes and tongues may differ.”
“The dreams of a Nigeria where no one is oppressed, no matter which part of the country they come from and live in, and no matter how they choose to worship God.
The moment has come where Nigerians should begin “to build a bridge between the dreams of our past, the realities of our present and the visions of our future towards a New Nigeria.
“A Nigeria where every man or woman, and every boy or girl, can live up to his or her full potential, and be all that they were created to be.
“I remain audaciously confident that a New Nigeria is possible and that, upon the foundational values of integrity and incorruptibility.
“Nigeria will, no doubt, become a cutting-edge nation; a nation that will, one day, be the peace, progress, prosperity and possibilities capital of the world.
“I remain committed to working towards this cause in the days ahead in whatsoever capacity God and the good people of Nigeria so choose, ”
He prayed for those that suffered and followed him before, now, and in the future that they would not lose their reward, but live to enjoy good governance in the new Nigeria.