Pastor Tunde Bakare Confirms Cow Gift from President Jonathan
The controversy surrounding a gift of cow from President Goodluck Jonathan to the serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, my have been laid to rest as Pastor Bakare himself disclosed that he got cow gifts from the Presidency.
The news of the cow gift was first broken by former Minister of the Federal Capita Terriroty, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on his tweeted page when during a visit to Pastor Bakare Tweeted that he learnt of a cow gift from the President.
“Just learnt that GEJ sent a Christmas cow to Pastor Bakare, but Pastor asked – is it cow we need in Nigeria? Nigerians want good governance,” El-Rufai tweeted.
But shortly after El-Rufai’s tweet went viral, some persons popularly referred to as Jonathanians carpeted the former minister’s claim and called it petty politics. One of them even declared that the cow gift if any may have been from Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Amnesty, Mr Kingsley Kuku whom he said has been a log friend of Pastor Bakare.
However, Pastor Bakare during his sermon in his church in Lagos on Sunday disclosed that he got cow gift from the presidency and the Ogun State Government during the Christmas, but appealed to the President to face the task of providing basic necessities of life for Nigerians rather than sending cow gifts.
“I was prevailed upon not to return the gifts like the late Gani Fawehinmi did to (Buba) Marwa, when Marwa was the military governor of Lagos State. I don’t eat such meat. That does not mean that I will not tell the President to face his work and do it well. We need good roads; not cow. We need water, power supply; not cow meat,” he said.
Pastor Bakare also used the sermon to speak on the letter between former President Olkusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan, saying Obasanjo is guilty of the sundry allegations he levelled against President Goodluck Jonathan.
Bakare wondered why the ex-president could “turn around” to blame Jonathan for any of his actions when Obasanjo “imposed him and Yar’Adua” on the nation.
Admitting that Obasanjo marshalled his arguments well in the letter, the cleric faulted the morality of the letter, saying Obasanjo was as guilty of the allegations contained in his letter just as the person the letter was addressed to.
Bakare, who is the Convener, Save Nigeria Group, said, “Last Sunday, I told you that the President’s (Jonathan) reply was on the way; and expectedly, few hours later, it was already on the airwaves. Well, Obasanjo marshalled his arguments well in his letter. But, that is not the point. The point is how can Obasanjo turn around to accuse Jonathan of wrongdoing when they are both guilty of the same offence?
“Was it not the same Obasanjo that imposed (the late Umaru) Yar’Adua and Jonathan on the PDP and ensure that they emerged winners in the Presidential election? How can the same person be accusing Jonathan of wrongdoing? Besides, Obasanjo’s letter is just about himself; that is, he has written a letter that tells his own story.”
The cleric believed that the nation’s problems had its roots in the fact that “we have low people in high places.”
He added, “Shehu Shagari already decided that he wanted to be a Senator in the Second Republic; he had obtained and submitted his form for a senatorial seat. Then, they dragged him to be the President. Obasanjo was brought out of prison broke, but was sponsored and given money to become the President. In the same vein, Yar’Adua was about completing his two terms of eight years (as the Katsina State governor) and he just wanted to return to the classroom as a lecturer but they brought him to become the President, hiding his ailment from the rest of us.
“So, you have people, who ordinarily do not have any business in governance occupying sensitive offices. What do you want them to do? That is the roots of our problem.”
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