Three question For Pastor Tunde Bakari By Muktar Nadama
At the first plenary sitting of the National Conference, Pastor Tunde Bakari, the General Overseer of Later Rain Assembly cautioned the conference chairman Justice Kutigi thus;
“Mr. Chairman, yesterday you said something at the inauguration of the Conference and I did not understand, today again, you said it. I think you should pray in the way all of us understand because if I stand up and say, ‘Praise the Lord somebody,’ we will turn this place into a church service.”
First of all, like many Nigerian my age, I admire the “fire brand” Pastor for his tenacity in the quest for a better Nigeria and for me, I take it a notch further by identifying that the Pastor is in the fight not for his or his generation’s sake but for my generation and that of my children.
Having said that, I seek the Revered Pastor to enlighten me on a few questions, in his capacity as one who is “well versed in the Quoran having graduated from Islamic school on April 16, 1967”.
1. As one well versed in the Quran, doesn’t the good Pastor know that every Muslim is required to start a lawful action with that phrase, the Basmalah and that the Retired Jurist is a Muslim and thus required by his faith and guaranteed by his Nation’s constitution?
2. Is Pastor Bakari asking Justice Kutigi and every Muslim delegate to disobey their Lord for the three months they are at the National Conference. Relinquish your religion for your Nation?
3. Does Pastor Bakari, who is well versed in the Quran, want me to believe that he does not understand the phrase uttered by Justice Kutigi, a phrase repeated at the beginning of every of the 144 chapters except 1 which has it’s own some in the middle. The phrase is repeated 144 times in the Quran that Pastor Bakari is well versed in.
Brewing a storm in a tea pot will be the greatest harm delegates will be doing to the credibility of the conference much to the glee of the hordes of critics of the National Conference, reducing its credibility to that of a group of harebrained adults bemused and perplexed by mundane issues.
No I do not agree with MURIC that Pastor Bakari’s statement is Islamophobic.
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