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Tunde Bakare, a popular and controversial Nigerian prophetic-apostolic pastor who was the running mate of Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential election, has described the administration of Mr Buhari as a total failure and a threat to Nigeria’s survival and prosperity.
Buhari has failed – Tunde Bakare
Bakare is the founder and the most senior pastor at the Latter Rain Assembly in Lagos. For decades, he has been critical of virtually all Nigerian administrations, and was reportedly arrested in March 2002 after preaching sermons critical of then-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
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In his latest outburst, Mr Bakare said President Buhari promised to fight corruption, create jobs and crush Boko Haram and deal with other security threats in Nigeria. But, he added, he has failed woefully in all three areas.
The number Nigerians who have become jobless under his leadership has more than tripled, he said. Corruption has also worsened with prominent cases lost while security has gone from very bad to even worse.
Pastor Bakare, who was preaching at his church, enumerated all of President Buhari’s transgressions and concluded that Nigeria needed a new direction.
Why it matters: Nigerians go to the polls in February to elect a new President and opposition has been rising steep against Buhari, a former military dictator turned democrat. Allies have abandoned him, including former heads of state, and many are now predicting that he would be defeated by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party. Perhaps sensing defeat, Mr Buhari issued an Executive Order on Saturday placing 50 members of the opposition on a watch list and banning them from traveling abroad. But TODAY NEWS AFRICA’s sources in Nigeria argue that even the travel ban may not save him.