The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and convener, Save Nigeria Group, SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare has said that he does not belong to any political party, adding that he now belongs to God.
Bakare said this when asked which of the political parties he belongs to at a press conference held in his church recently.
He said: “I have never had any political party in my life. I belong to God. I sat down at home when the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC called and I accepted because I believed that there is still one who will rescue the country.
“Now, I don’t have any political ambition. I’m now doing what I love to do most. Politics can only take away from me,” he said.
Bakare stated that former President Olusegun Obasanjo imposed a sickly Umar Musa Yar’Adua and a clueless President Goodluck Jonathan on Nigerians in order to avenge the loss of his third term ambition.
The convener of the SNG added that the country lost the chance of starting all over again and be a better nation when Obasanjo assumed office in 1999.
Obasanjo, he said, derailed Nigeria at the critical juncture of her life.
“In 1999, Nigerians were full of enthusiasm as they watched the military return to barracks. We were excited because it was the dawn of a new beginning. We wanted a different and better country with a defined national character and with a possibility to create a sense of pride.
“We lost that chance when former President Olusegun Obasanjo assumed office. Today, he conveniently assumes the stance of a statesman. He goes up and down telling everybody Nigeria will go up in flames; that the man he planted in power has allowed corruption to go unchecked under his clueless watch.
“What he expediently forgets is his role in facilitating our arrival at the sticky junction we presently find ourselves,” he said.
Pastor Bakare said that “Obasanjo squandered the country’s hope of returning to glory and took it to a path of corruption, prebendal, primordial sentiments and even administrative bullying.”
He laments the countless corrupt practices that have found a home in Nigeria, adding that “they are all around us and as clear as a sun-filled sky.
“From infrastructure deficits to a social collapse; from lack of ambition to a collective sense of despondency, to lackadaisical attitude and general inurement that make us all look away from even the most outrageously corrupt acts, we are no longer strangers to the results of corruption, even though it is doubtful if we fully comprehend its entire effects on our country in a long time to come.
“Beyond the tangible and sublime effects, corruption has demolished our cultural and symbolic capital such that whenever we are ranked alongside other countries, Nigeria always manages to retain her space, almost incontestably, at the nethermost rung of the ladder.