Pastor Tunde Bakare Sends Warning Message To Buhari : Reshuffle Your Cabinet Now Before It Is Too Late

Pastor Tunde Bakare Sends Warning
Message To Buhari : Reshuffle Your
Cabinet Now Before It Is Too Late

For the second time in the New Year,
another influential Christian cleric and pro-
Muhammadu Buhari associate from the
South West has warned the president that
real transformation is needed as Nigerians
are suffering under his watch and that the
“change slogan” has become an ineffective
mantra.
Yesterday, during his annual state of the
nation speech in Lagos, Reverend Tunde
Bakare, respected founder of Latter Rain
Assembly and former vice presidential
running mate to Buhari in 2011 stated that,
“it is unfortunate” that the ‘change’ mantra
“that was once the rallying cry for
progressive development has now become
associated with retrogression and
suffering.”
Nine days earlier, Father Ejike Mbaka, Priest
of the Catholic Adoration Ministry in Enugu,
who backed Buhari during the last
presidential election told the president,
during his New Year message at the cross
over service into 2017, to tackle the
challenges facing the country, stating that
“many Nigerians are suffering.”
His words: “Though the President is trying
on corruption and security, Nigerians are
hungry; they want to see more changes.
“There is the need to assist businessmen
and women in their businesses,” the famous
cleric who publicly supported Mr. Buhari’s
presidential ambition”
He also advised Buhari to appoint experts
who would help him to revive the economy,
counseling him to consult Church leaders
and eminent men of God to advise him and
tell him the truth about the economy.
On a regretful note, the Catholic cleric
lamented that, “We cannot reach him for ad­
vice because of the kind of people around
him.”
Yesterday, Bakare also decried the alarming
levels of inflation in the country, which he
noted had seen the prices of everything –
from staple food supplies to electronic
appliances and automobiles – skyrocketing.
According to him, 2017 will be crucial in the
life of the current government and warned
the president to immediately reshuffle his
cabinet because “we have no more time to
waste.”
Bakare also took on Buhari in certain specifi
areas. According to him, federal
government’s policies, especially on
exchange and interest rates, should be dis­
carded forthwith and more pragmatic ones
be implemented instead.
His words: “To begin with, the confusing
and discriminatory multiple dollar to naira
exchange rates – favourable to some and
not so favourable to others, and without
doubt confusing for potential investors –
must be discarded while a more reliable and
predictable exchange rate, mutually benefi­
cial to our people and economy and
attractive to foreign investors, should be
put in place.
“Similarly, prohibitive and punitive interest
rates must be lowered in order to liberate
the creative ingenuity of our people as well
as encourage those who can access
mortgages at affordable rates to become
homeowners, especially if our Pension
Scheme is up-to-date and robust.
“The multiplier effect of the removal of
these bottlenecks in our economy will
cushion the effect of the current recession
on our people.”
“Mr. President must galvanise his team to
get the job done; square pegs in round
holes must be removed or put in
appropriate places; the wicked who
surround the righteous must be led away
from the presence of the king. Those who
cannot stand the heat must get out of the
kitchen.
“It is time to demonstrate leadership, wise
judgment and astute public policy that guar­
antees stable and prosperous nationhood
upon a foundation of peace; it is time to
build a well-ordered nation with strong in­
stitutions dispensing justice; it is time to
arise with patriotic zeal to build a great
nation such that, years from now,
generations yet unborn will look back at
their history, not with disdain, but with
gratitude to God that our generation
preceded theirs.
“May 2017 be the year we look into the
future with the eyes of faith and take steps
to accomplish all that we know is possible.”
Significantly, just as Mbaka did, Bakare
gave the president a pass mark on
counterterrorism and internal security.
His words: “On insecurity, Nigerian Security
Tracker 10, a portal of the United States
Council on Foreign Relations, which maps
violence in Nigeria, reported a decline in
deaths per month from violence perpetuated
by a combination of state and non-state
actors, including Boko Haram, from 767
deaths in May 2015 when this government
came into power, to 250 deaths in
December 2016, nineteen months into the
administration.
“The group’s capacity had also diminished
significantly from the control of 13 local
governments just before the 2015 elections
to a resort to suicide attacks by the turn of
2016.
“Under this administration, 21 of the
abducted Chibok girls were also released to
their parents in October 2016, and, last
Friday, Rakiya Abubakar, the latest rescued
Chibok schoolgirl, was reunited with her par­
ents in Abuja.”
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