Nigerian Prophetic-Apostolic pastor, Tunde Bakare, wants the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele to be sacked with immediate effect. The Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, who has received both national and international attention for his Television evangelism, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the national conference report, while commending the President’s war on corruption.
The former pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church, who also served in the Redeemed Christian Church of God before setting up his own church, Latter Rain Assembly, said that Godwin Emefiele should also be held responsible for improper management of the funds that was meant for purchasing of arms. He argued that the fund was misused due to the fact that the CBN governor approved its release to the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki. Pastor Bakare also said it would be unfair for the former National Security Adviser to be tried in court alone since he had worked hand in hand with some other people.
“The CBN currently contributes negatively to the Nigerian state in more ways than one. Firstly, the CBN has become a conduit for politicians to drain the nation.
Otherwise, how can a letter of barely two paragraphs, addressed to the current CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, by the then NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), become the authority to incur expenditure leading to cash flow of $37m and several million euro?” Bakare says.
He also added that the CBN governor cannot continue in office while the NSA is accounting for his alleged offences. The very outspoken pastor also spoke about fuel subsidy; he said four years after the issue of subsidy was raised, those indicted persons are yet to be prosecuted, and he wonders why corruption will not be so endemic and pervasive in Nigeria today with the state of government policies and implementation.
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In March 2002, Pastor Tunde Bakare was reportedly arrested after allegedly criticizing former President Olusegun Obasanjo during one of his sermons. In 2011, the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC lost the presidential seat to PDP and since then, Pastor Tunde Bakare who was supposedly the running mate of Buhari, has not stopped critiquing the Nigerian government and leadership, especially under President Buhari’s tenure.
Tunde Bakare was born into a Muslim family, although he did not grow up to know his parents, his mother, Madam Abigail Eebudola Bakare raised him as a child. Pastor Bakare attended All Saints Primary School, Kemta, Abeokuta and also Lisabi Grammar School, Abeokuta. He studied law at the University of Lagos between 1977 and 1980 and was called to the Bar in 1981. After his service year with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Bakare went ahead to practice law with Gani Fawehinmi Chambers, Rotimi Williams & Co and Burke & Co, Solicitors.
In October 1984, he established his own law firm Tunde Bakare & Co (El-Shaddai Chambers), and got married to his wife, Mrs. Olayide Bakare in same year. Their union has played a major role in his life, career and ministry. Bakare’s wife is also into the gospel ministry and has five children with her husband (two girls and three boys) in their over thirty years of marriage.