Former vice presidential candidate and founder of Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, is meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Bakare, who was the running mate of the Buhari under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in 2011, was scheduled for a 12noon meeting with the president in his office.
Despite his previous close political affiliation with President Buhari, Bakare has of recent turned against the president, criticising his handling of the country.
In a state of the nation broadcast last Sunday, Bakare announced the inauguration of Nigeria for Nigerians (N4N) Movement.
Bakare in the address titled, ‘The black box of Nigeria’s politics’ in Oregun, Lagos, said the launch is an indication that “it is time for Nigerians to take back Nigeria.”
He had said the address would be the last he will deliver in the church.
“This state of the nation broadcast may be the last I will deliver in this auditorium,” he told his listeners during the Sunday worship service,” he said.
He said that the N4N Movement was inaugurated because “it is time for Nigerians to take back their nation;” adding, “There will be a change of government in 2023.”
In March 2018, Bakare had also announced his plan to form a political movement to champion the restructuring of Nigeria.
He said the new movement would be christened the ‘New Nigeria Progressive Movement,’ which would “fight to entrench true federalism in the country.”
According to him, “Even among those touting restructuring in their political agenda today, there is no visible concerted effort in the direction of long-term commitment to fundamental reconceptualisation and renegotiation of the Nigeria State.
“Thus, once the furore of election turns, whims and movement predictably loses momentum, Nigerians once again will be faced with the daily realities of a nation that is restructured to fail.
“Fellow Nigerians, I’m here to announce to you that the time has come for the true progressives to arise, say enough is enough to political hypnosis; it is time to take our country back,” he had said at a Sunday worship service then.
Continuing, the cleric had said, “We are stepping in to shape the national conversation beyond elections and begin to lay the groundwork for the restructuring of this nation.
“We will be going to every nook and cranny with our agenda and message. We have only three points on our agenda — restructuring, restructuring and restructuring.
“Therefore, our Distinct Nationhood Agenda, DNA, is simple, it is RUN — Restructuring For United Nigeria – this is what I’m set to advance.
“I’m running and leading a movement called the New Nigeria Progressives Movement. We shall join forces with foreign countries, champion reintegration of diverse ethnic groups into true identity until every Nigeria is proud to say ‘I’m a Nigerian’ and also spearhead the orientation of every Nigerian until a minimum of 50 million Nigerians can say ‘no’ to hypnotic democracy
The preacher described the 1999 Constitution is Nigeria’s “glorified death certificate,” tracing the nation’s socioeconomic and political challenges to a faulty political foundation, following the destruction of its original political structure by the military.
He reasoned that ethnic, religious and secessionist agitations in the East, West and North were indications that Nigeria was in dire need of restructuring.
According to him, where the next President comes from is not of utmost importance.
Bakare said: “I am fully persuaded that the 1999 constitution is nothing more than a glorified death certificate.”
Addressing President Buhari, he said: “Mr President, stop passing the buck to the National Assembly…Tear down this inhibitive concoction of a constitution. Tear it down so that we can build a nation.”
He lamented that those insisting on the 2023 elections before restructuring, “are putting the cart before horse.”
He warned the President that unless he restructured the country before leaving office, “history will recall that you failed.”