Pastor Bakare blasts CAN over attack on El-Rufai

Activist pastor, Tunde Bakare, has hit back at the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for its attack on former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai for re-tweeting a Jesus joke that sparked a huge controversy.

Speaking during the State of the Nation address at his church on Sunday, Mr. Bakare, a pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, said CAN was “feeding on mass neurosis and widening the gap between people of different faiths in our country” by referring to the former minister as a bigot.

Mr Bakare, who sees nothing wrong in the tweet which he described as “figurative”, said CAN by its selective attack on Mr. El-Rufai who is a Muslim, only confirms the accusation by the Catholic Church that CAN had become a tool in the hand of government.

“It is rather unfortunate that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that should bring understanding to the simple on matters like this 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 Nasir El-Rufai is a “bigot” for a statement that did not originate from him and whose meaning should be clear to a non-mischievous person.”

Mr Bakare further suggested that CAN’s reaction, coming after the former minister had apologised, is un-Christian:

“It must be pointed out that CAN’s bellicose posture came after El-Rufai publicly apologized for the re-tweet. Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to forgive those who nailed Him to the cross when they didn’t even acknowledge they did anything wrong, must be wondering what those who are supposed to be His servants are doing in His name to a man who asked for forgiveness.”

He described CAN’s silence on the revelation by a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, that the present administration had squandered the country’s foreign reserve and excess crude account savings, as “sinful”.

Speaking on the withdrawal of the Catholic Church from CAN at the national level, he described the argument by CAN’s leadership that the Catholics pulled out because they lost the election to a Pentecostal pastor as “shallow.”

He continued, “Let’s have a roll call of past CAN Presidents to debunk this flimsy assertion:

1. The Founding President of CAN: Eminence Dominic Cardinal Ekanem of the Methodist Church. Neither the Catholics nor any other group withdrew during his tenure;

2. He was succeeded by Bishop Olubunmi Okogie – a Catholic. No group withdrew during his tenure;

3. Followed by Sunday Mbang of the Methodist Church – the Catholics did not withdraw, nor did any other group;

4. Then Jasper Akinola of the Anglican Church – No withdrawals;

5. Then John Onaiyekan – a Catholic. No group has ever withdrawn.”

“Indeed we have “promoted” men into leadership positions both in the Church and the nation beyond their mental capacities and the incompetence are now very glaring to the whole world except the leaders themselves, or how do you categorize our using ring worm medicine to cure leprosy?”

“The reason the Catholic bloc gave for their withdrawal – namely that “CAN is being dragged into partisan politics thereby compromising the ability to play its true role as the conscience of the nation and the voice of the voiceless” was never addressed – rather the shallow response of their losing election to one of us became “the badge of honour” we wear on our oversize Episcopal garments. Shame! Big Shame!!”

 


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  • PLEASE PASTOR BAKARE I ASK IF WHICH A TWEET JOKE IS MADE IN THE PERSON OF PROPHET MOHAMED WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY?WHY NOT CALL A SPADE A SPADE;WE ARE NIGERIANS AND WE KNOW THE GRAVITY OF THAT JOKE.THANK YOU

    • ADE MOHD

      IS THE PASTOR A MAN OF HONOUR AND INTEGRITY? HE KNOWS THAT WHAT HIS FRIEND DID WAS TOO SENSITIVE AND ABOVE HIS (EL-RUFAI) CAPACITY TO HANDLE THE CONSEQENCES, PASTOR BAKARE SHOULD BE SINCERE TO TELL EL-RUFAI TRUTH AND SHOULD NOT ALLOW CPC LINK TO BECLOUD HIS SENSES OR HE SHOULD BE QUIET.

      • Iphy

        I agree with you Ade, Pastor Bakare Should know better

      • The Truth Sayer

        @Ade, why flog a dead horse? Do u know the origin of the tweet? No one has any right to blame El Rufai for what he is not responsible for. The joke as expensive as u guys say it is was by a christian and he only re-tweeted. By re-tweeting any content on twitter, you are not liable and can’t be held for it. Christians had better be careful because we are the ones steering religious bigotry here. Come to think of it, he openly apologized; where is our forgiving hearts then if we say we are better than Boko Haram?

    • Lanre

      What is d gravity of d joke?

    • Is El-Rufai the one who tweeted that? He merely re-tweeted it, yet we
      scandalized him over what a fellow Christian tweeted, common, Jesus did
      not send us message to defend Him. The fact that other religion will
      commit mayhem, does not mean Christianity permit that. Stop this CAN politics, few are enjoying the benefit of speaking for GEJ government.

      • guyman

        re-tweeting is the same as tweeting, my friend!

    • okon

      was El-rufai the one that made the joke?….if u don;t know, he only re-tweeted and u guys are blowing it out of proportion and misplacing the issue out of mischief….may God forgive u all.

      • Why hasn’t Elrufai retweeted the blasphamous tweet that has to do with prophet mohammed?

  • Guest

    Good beget good;
    but evil beget evil, no matter how flash and attractive the products of evil
    may appear in the sight of man, it is still evil.

  • Good beget good;
    but evil beget evil, no matter how attractive the products of evil
    may appear in the sight of man, it is still evil.

  • Good begets good;
    but evil begets evil, no matter how attractive the products of evil
    may appear in the sight of man, it is still evil.

  • Ice Cube

    I agreed with u Pastor. After all El-Rufai apologized. Its over

  • Bakare sorry, you made a mistake in one. Dominic Ekanem was Catholic and the first Nigerian to be Cardinal

  • DBrown

    Think we are gettin sumtin wrong, yes d christian faith stands 4 integrity justice love and all that but where and wen did Christ tell us to b d conscience of politics or d voice of d voiceless. As such, I dnt think the role of CANis 2 b a political voice but rada the pple of God whose lite shine into d darkness!……let’s stp getting things upside down!

  • Dr. Bukola Williams

    But for the singular fact that Pst Tunde Bakare is an “ordained” man of God, I will refrain to take up on him. David wouldn’t do that on Saul (even when God had rejected Saul). But, I would say that Tunde Bakare’s arguments are baseless and biased altogether, premised on political blindfolding. I advise that he tells his political cohort (El-Rufai) the truth before God. But everyone (including Pastor Tunde Bakare, El-Rufai, etc) will give account for every word they speak at judgement…and at judgement there is no respect of persons. I say no more.

  • Aliu Shuaib

    Pastor Bakare, that the Catholic Church wants to pull out of CAN does no indicate that the body is finished or is an arm of government. The Catholic Church has always been uptight about priests and their intervention in politics. Remember its position on the radical priests of Latin America of the 1950s and 1960s were harassed by the church leading to their eventual denunciation by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the mid 1980s?