by Dare Lawal
Pastor Tunde Bakare is one of the country’s most prominent and vocal clerics. He has paid his dues as an activist and even a politician having run as vice presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 general elections.
However, the pastor sometimes makes the most impossible pronouncements and suggestions. For instance, during his latest State of the Nation address at his Latter Rain Assembly church on Sunday, Bakare called for the postponement of the 2015 general elections by six months.
Nigeria goes to the polls next month but Bakare wants the elections moved by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. He did not suggest how exactly such a measure will work. One of the reasons he gave was the “imminent disenfranchisement” of Nigerians following the inability of INEC to effectively distribute the Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVC.
His address was titled, The Gathering Storm and Avoidable Shipwreck: How to Avoid Catastrophic Euroclydon.
Warning of impending dangers for the country if the warning signals were ignored, Bakare said the only way to avert the storm was to urgently address some fundamental flaws in the polity.
“I must state that the proposal for suspension of elections is not with a view to giving the president an avenue for undue tenure elongation but for the purpose of building a coalition that will bring lasting solutions to our problems.
“I have clearly painted a picture of where we are, a disaster is ahead of us. If the northerner emerges as winner, whether he has won that election fair and square or not, people will allege rigging. If Jonathan wins the election, fair and square, they will allege that he used his power of incumbency to rig the election,” he said.