Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly, has been attacked by Senator Femi Okurounmu, a Chieftains of Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, for calling on President Buhari to influence the emergence of his successor in 2023.
Okurounmu, made it clear that, it is not the duty of the President to produced his successor.
He stressed it that Bakare’s action is aimed at destabilizing Nigeria’s hard earned democracy.
Recalled that, Bakare, made this known to the public in his Church while making a nationwide broadcast on Sunday.
However, Okurounmu issued strong warning to Buhari against taking such advice from Bakare.
Okurounmu while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta urged the President not to heed to the call, stressing that it was Nigerians right to vote for or choose the next president.
The President should “pack his loads” at the end of his tenure and “allow the people themselves to choose who they want as their next ruler.”
“I read through the whole so-called state of the national broadcast. The only thing I agree with, in the statement is that Nigeria is rotten from top to bottom. His analysis of how rotten Nigeria is accurate.”
“But when he then goes on to say that it is not by accident that Buhari is the president at this time, that God has put him in a place where he can restore Nigeria to a place where all of us can be proud to call ourselves Nigerians, I think he’s living in a fool’s paradise; because you cannot ask a man who is lame as your representative to come and run 100 metres dash when you know he cannot move.”
“Our experience with Buhari in the last five years of his administration has shown Buhari to be the very opposite of the kind of man Bakare is asking Buhari to be. The man has shown himself to be the greatest divider that Nigeria has known in terms of being a leader.”
“So, the kind of expectations that Tunde Bakare is now pretending or asking Buhari to do, he knows Buhari cannot do it. Now, he asks Buhari to put in place a succession plan. Number one, it is not the duty of the current president or incumbent president to determine his own successor because that is one of the things that destabilize democracy.” Okorounmu submitted.