Tunde Bakare, the pastor of Later Rain Assembly and vice presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the last general election has said he will not tone down his church sermons critical of the administration.
Mr Bakare was called in by the State Security Service in Shangisha, Lagos, on Monday following a sermon he delivered in his church Sunday on how to peacefully change governments.
State Security Service (SSS) is attempting to silence the fiery Lagos pastor and activist.
In a face to face interrogation which lasted about 45 minutes, the SSS reportedly pressured the activist Pastor to soft-pedal his hard hitting political messages from the altar. Pastor Bakare’s Sunday sermons regularly delve into current political affairs, and the public waits expectantly to hear the latest from his pulpit, Sunday afternoons.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES Monday night, the activist pastor said at the SSS office, the director requested him to moderate his sermon given the huge following he enjoys nationwide.
In response, Mr Bakare, who went to the Shangisha office of the secret police Monday afternoon, flanked by his lawyer and Yinka Odumakin, a close comrade, handed the director a signed copy of his Sunday sermon, and requested him to peruse it carefully.
“I then asked him whether there was anything in the sermon that was false or misleading,” the pastor said via telephone from Lagos. “I then informed him that I won’t tone down my sermons.”
Mr. Bakare also said he handed an invitation to the SSS directors to attend his church where more critical messages would be delievered this and next week.
“It is a three-part message I’m giving, and they are free to attend,” he said.
The pastor said he had a cordial deliberation with the security agents, as all those who engaged him were civil.
“In fact, I spoke far more than they did,” Mr. Bakare, a vocal critic of the Goodluck Jonathan, said.