The lawyer-turned pastor and convener of the Save Nigeria Group likened the situation in Nigeria to that of a house with a leaking roof, which needed corrective measures to prevent it from total collapse.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday in a message titled “The Head that refuses a life-giving rebuke will be thrown down the cliff of perdition”, Bakare said, “We need the Ghana treatment to send shock waves down the spines of everybody so that people would tip-toe when going into public office,” adding that it remained “how God will do it.”
He added that he was disappointed that “this government has lost it long before now,” insisting that “until good governance is in place and credible people are not discouraged from playing clean politics, things would not change.”
On the recent allegation by former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Bakare wondered why the government would rather choose to verbally assault Dr Ezekwesili. He blasted the government’s spokesmen and the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), for “chasing the shadow and leaving the substance.”
According to him, “But rather than giving a lucid, reasoned and mature response to Mrs. Ezekwesili, the Federal Government, through its spokespersons, went into all manners of tirades against her person, virulently attacking the messenger while ignoring the message. “This puerile approach must have incensed many Nigerians with sense of decency and propriety in public affairs.”
“One young Nigerian with such righteous indignation went on tweeter to comment, among other things, that if Christ in all his holiness were to criticise the present administration, it would, out of its intolerance, accuse the messiah of having slept with Mary Magdalene. “It was the re-tweeting of this figurative expression by Mallam Nasir el-Rufai that the agents latched onto in order to take our focus from the fundamental isuues Oby raised and to which they have no answer.”
“It is rather unfortunate that CAN has chosen to confirm its description by the Catholic Church as an arm of the government in power, by fanning the propaganda of agents of the administration that el-Rufai is a bigot for a statement that did not originate from him and whose meaning should be clear to non-mischievous persons,” Pastor Bakare.
“This is nothing but feeding on mass neurosis and widening the gap between people of different faiths in the country. Is CAN saying the gentleman, who wrote the offending statement and happens to be a Christian is a bigot?”