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Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), voiced his concerns on Sunday regarding the suspension of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, by the Department of State Services (DSS). In his address, Bakare attributed Emefiele’s situation to President Bola Tinubu’s perceived political vendetta. He also expressed apprehension about Nigeria’s trajectory, labeling it a “forceful regression” under Tinubu’s leadership.
Bakare’s address also tackled wider issues, including Nigeria’s economic reforms, the expansion of the government, and the state of the APC. His critique extends beyond individual cases, addressing the broader socioeconomic and political challenges that Nigeria currently faces.
Emefiele’s Ordeal and Tinubu’s Role
Pastor Tunde Bakare condemned the handling of Emefiele’s case, asserting that it was driven by political vendetta orchestrated by President Bola Tinubu. Bakare cautioned against using Emefiele as a scapegoat and emphasized the importance of due process and equitable application of justice. He criticized the optics of targeting perceived adversaries while allowing other issues to persist.
Nigeria’s Regressive Trend
Bakare warned of Nigeria’s declining fortunes under President Tinubu’s watch. He characterized the country’s direction as “forcefully regressing” and drew attention to what he termed as Tinubu’s “leadership by impulse.” Bakare’s address, titled “Vice, Virtue and Time: The Three Things That Never Stand Still,” underscored the urgency of addressing Nigeria’s downward trajectory.
Reflecting on Elections and Governance
The address delved into the aftermath of Nigeria’s recent presidential election. Bakare pointed out the decline in the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) support base, highlighting a significant loss of traditional backing. He stressed the need for transparency, economic justice, and a reevaluation of the administration’s direction.