Confusion Everywhere, Over Pastor Tunde Bakare’s Prophecy On Buhari’s Shocking 2023 Successor. ||Anyigbaleft


There have been mixed reactions, following the claim by the controversial Convener of Save Nigeria Group, SNG, and General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Ogba, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, who declared himself as the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, come 2023.

Born on November 11, 1954, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, as a Muslim who later converted to Christianity, in 1974, the vocal 64-year old Prophetic-Apostolic Pastor, in a viral video, stirred his Church members into frenzy, when he said: “I will succeed Buhari as President of Nigeria, nothing can change it. I am number 16, Buhari is number 15. I never said it to you before. I am saying it now, and nothing can change it.

“In the name of Jesus, he (Buhari) is number 15. I am number 16. To this end was I born, and for this purpose came I into the world. I have prepared you for this for more than 30 years.”

Recall, that in a ‘prophecy’ ahead of the 1999 elections, he had said of the then-Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo: “Obasanjo is not your messiah, he is king Agag, and the prophetic axe will come upon his head, before May 29, 1999.”

Reflecting on this statement, a Public Affairs Commentator, Ikechuckwu Amaechi, said: “Simply put, these religious shenanigans thrive, because there is no backlash. Because of Bakare’s false prophecy, many feared that Obasanjo would never live to be sworn-in as President.

“But the opposite was the case. Obasanjo governed for eight years. He even tried unsuccessfully, to secure an illegal third term. And 20 years after, the man is still alive.”

Amaechi added: “However, Bakare is not alone in this business of politically-tainted prophecies. During Obasanjo’s first term in Office, another ‘god of man’, Pastor Chris Okotie, of Household of God, claimed that God promised him that he would be Nigeria’s President in 2003. He contested the election, but made no impact whatsoever, and none of his followers ever asked him what happened, whether God had become a liar. He simply moved on. And they too. Okotie’s false prophecy was exposed in 2003, when Obasanjo was returned for second term.”

He then insinuated political scheming into the Bakare video, saying that it is curious, particularly as there are rumours that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has run into troubled political waters.

Amaechi continued: “The coincidence is too uncanny. Could it be that Bakare deliberately threw his 18-month-old prophecy into the troubling political mix, hoping to profiteer from Osinbajo’s misery in Nigeria’s debilitating power calculus?

“Is it a plan to put Bakare in pole position, to reap bountifully from Osinbajo’s political travails, particularly given the perception that the all-powerful and unforgiving Presidency cabal, the real powers behind Buhari’s throne, may engineer Osinbajo’s impeachment?

“It will be sad if Bakare is plotting and conniving with those who want to disgrace Osinbajo out of power, considering that the two ought to be kindred spirits. They are both Yoruba and Pentecostal Pastors, but it will not be a surprise. The South-West political history is replete with such betrayals.

“It is possible that God actually signed an irrevocable deal with Bakare, that will see him enthroned as Nigeria’s President in 2023, willy-nilly, though we are not in a theocracy. Those who claim to have a direct line to God, and are therefore, versed in His inimitable ways and idiosyncrasies, insist that since all power comes from God, He gives it to whoever He likes.

“So, it is possible that He has actually signed a pact with Bakare, but since God does not lie and his covenants are immutable, if He has promised to lift Nigeria’s political diadem, the Presidency, to Bakare, in 2023, then the idea of President Tunde Bakare is a done deal, a fait accompli, whatever the people say. So, why would anybody vote in 2023, if God has already decided who will succeed Buhari, and that person is Bakare? In which case, casting a ballot against Bakare would be an affront on the supreme authority of God.

Elsewhere, a Church Growth Expert, Rev. Francis Akin-John, who has since 1994 devoted quality time to the development of Churches and Pastors, is not impressed by the news of Bakare nursing a Presidential ambition.

According to him, Bakare would be better staying behind to nurture his one Parish Church, to uplift the spiritual standard of his adherents, rather than delving into the murky waters of politics in the nation. After some unfulfilled prophecies, Akin-John argued, how does he want people to believe his latest one?

“Nigerians have not forgotten that he prophesied that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was not messiah, and would not be President, but the man ruled for eight years and even attempted an extension. Neither have Nigerians forgotten how he shot down the nation with his Save Nigeria Group, protesting an increase in fuel prices, saying there will be no increase in petrol prices”, the President of International Church Growth Ministry further argued.

“Are Nigerians paying less now? They told us that power can be fixed in six months. They promised to make the nation’s currency at par with the dollar. How many protests has Bakare’s SNG organised since then? Or does he find the current situation better than the one he continually lampooned and forced out of Office? People like President Obasanjo, Prof. Wole Soyinka, and others, who campaigned for the election of Buhari in 2015, have since seen their folly and have openly told Nigerians they made a mistake. What is Pastor Bakare waiting for?

“I am not campaigning. I am only stating the obvious, gauging the feeling of millions of Nigerians. Except for a miracle, I do not see what Bakare will present to the nation, to sell his candidacy. He relishes in rubbishing other people’s doctrines, including those who should be his mentors, and has forgotten to do the needful”.

Avid critics of Bakare are also not quick to forget a statement credited to him in an interview on October 2, 2006, where he said: “Let me tell you the truth by the spirit of God, neither OBJ, Atiku, IBB, and this tall one, Buhari, are part of the new. They are part of the old that is decaying. That old one is passing away. The new is emerging, and these ones are not part of that new.”

As a Pastor who had learnt the ropes under the Deeper Life Christian Ministry and the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, before founding the Latter Rain Assembly, on April 1, 1989, his critics allege he has lied against the Holy Spirit of God, because his so called word “by the spirit of God”, did not come to pass.

To the band of critics, after claiming that Holy Spirit told him Buhari is part of Nigeria’s decaying past, he went ahead to accept to be the Vice  Presidential Candidate of the same Muhammadu Buhari, in 2011, under then Congress for Progressive Change, CPC.
One of the other sins of Bakare, is the role played by his Save Nigeria Group, SNG, during the Occupy Nigeria protests, largely regarded as a socio-political protest movement in response to the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government of President Goodluck Jonathan, on January 1, 2012.

Recently, Bakare announced a new movement, which according to him, would serve as a platform to champion a new political agenda for Nigeria. He declared that the movement christened ‘New Nigeria Progressive Movement’, would champion the restructuring of Nigeria, along the path of True Federalism.

After the 2019 Nigerian general elections, Bakare stated that he would run for President, after the expiration of Buhari’s second term in 2023. He is a supporter of pan-Nigerianism.

The Latter Day Assembly Senior Pastor, has claimed that many Pastors in Nigeria, get away with “fake prophecies”, because their followers often do not hold them accountable. Bakare was criticized however, for claiming in a sermon in 2006, that Buhari would be a bad Leader for Nigeria, yet he accepted the offer to be Buhari’s Vice Presidential Candidate, in the 2011 elections.

The trending video shows Bakare declaring: “Take it to the mountain top, if you have never heard it before, I am saying it to you this morning, in the scheme of things as far as politics of Nigeria is concerned, President Muhammadu Buhari is number 15, and yours sincerely, I am number 16.”

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