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THE GATHERING STORM & AVOIDABLE SHIPWRECK: HOW TO AVOID CATASTROPHIC EUROCLYDON

Theme: Sunday’s Service | Minister: Dr ‘Tunde Bakare | Created Date: Sun 04, January 2015

BEING TEXT OF SPEECH BY PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE

AT THE STATE OF THE NATION BROADCAST ON SUNDAY THE 4TH OF JANUARY, 2015.

VENUE: THE LATTER RAIN ASSEMBLYEND-TIME CHURCH,

4, AKILO ROAD, OFF OBA AKRAN AVENUEOGBA, IKEJA, LAGOS.

THEME: THE GATHERING STORM & AVOIDABLE SHIPWRECK: HOW TO AVOID CATASTROPHIC EUROCLYDON 

CENTRAL TEXT: ACTS 27:125 (NKJV)

ACTS 27:125 (NKJV):

                1 And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with   us. And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul    kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive   care. When we had put to sea from there, we sailed under the shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. And when we          had sailed over the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we      came to Myra, a city of Lycia. There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board.When      we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off         Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the      shelter of Crete off Salmone. Passing it with difficulty, we came     to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.Now when          much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Men, I      perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not        only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” 11 Nevertheless the  centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul. 12 And because the          harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail          from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a           harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and           winter there.13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that       they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close   by Crete. 14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose,       called Euroclydon. 15 So when the ship was caught, and could not         head into the wind, we let her drive. 16 And running under the      shelter of an island called Clauda, we secured the skiff with   difficulty. 17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to   undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the     Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven. 18 And because     we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened  the ship. 19 On the third day we threw the ship’s tackle overboard     with our own hands. 20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared    for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we       would be saved was finally given up. 21 But after long abstinence    from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men,  you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and     incurred this disaster and loss. 22 And now I urge you to take heart,   for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the    ship. 23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to  whom I belong and whom I serve, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid,  Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has  granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.

INTRODUCTION

Fellow citizens of our country, gentlemen of the Press, ladies and gentlemen:

At this crucial juncture in the history of our nation, I bring to you a word in season which, in time to come, may turn out to have been a final warning regarding the imminent storms threatening to hit our nation. At the same time, this is a word of hope; the assurance that despite the looming chaos, Nigeria in the hands of God is going to be the biggest miracle of the century.

First, I must reiterate in unequivocal terms that my position in the unfolding political situation of our nation is that of a nation-builder and not a politician, and that my desire is to see a nation that works in my lifetime. On the 16th of November, 2014, as I stood on this platform to share with you “The Nigeria of My Dreams”, I laid it bare to all and sundry why I would rather incline my ears to the melodies within my reins as to the beat of a distant drum. Although the position I stand here today to declare may appear as controversial to many, I do not go about seeking controversies. It is the Lord who has a controversy with the nations, with the inhabitants of the land, and with His people, because their counsel is contrary to His, according to Jeremiah 25:31(NKJV):

 ‘A noise will come to the ends of the earth – For the Lord has a       controversy with the nations; He will plead His case with all flesh.       He will give those who are wicked to the sword,’ says the LORD.

Let me therefore declare upfront my desire for a successful transition exercise irrespective of political party interest. About this time five years ago in 2010, when the nation was engulfed in a constitutional crisis that bordered on the refusal to transmit power to the current president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and the hijack of presidential powers by a cabal following the incapacitation of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, as I was inspired by God to take action, I gathered the heroes of democracy with the help of civil society organization leaders at The Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja, and the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) was born. We marched the streets of Abuja and Lagos until the Doctrine of Necessity paved the way for the restoration of constitutionality.

After President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in, we, at the Save Nigeria Group, had a series of meetings with him in the bid to chart a new course for our nation offering him what we termed “A Contract to Save and Transform Nigeria”, which we consider an irreducible minimum standard of governance below which the Nigerian people should not be subjected. We sought to lend capacity to a man in whom both God and the people had great expectations. We thought that, having come from a part of the country that had borne the brunt of our lopsided political structure, Mr. President would understand, like the Biblical Queen Esther, that “for such a time as this he was brought into the kingdom” to be the facilitator of geopolitical restructuring and national integration.

However, when we could not find fruit of genuine commitment to these ideals at that time and when it appeared to us that the president had chosen a path that could lead to the antithesis of what we consider his unique role, we went across the nation talking to leading political contenders in search of the most suitable candidate to whom we could lend our support. On the 31st of July, 2010, we brought together those we called ‘Arrow Heads’ who could constitute a team of transformational leaders for our nation, including the likes of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, ex-governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Nuhu Ribadu, Fola Adeola, Jimi Lawal, Hon. Wale Osun, Yinka Odumakin, amongst others.

Meetings were held in my home where I made it clear that I would not be seeking political office so that people would not think I convened Save Nigeria Group for that purpose. It was thereafter some of us found General Buhari to be the most suitable of the leading presidential contenders. When, months later, he invited me to be his running mate on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), I flatly refused until after much persuasion and corroborating counsel. Details of what transpired in that period will be out in my book, Strategic Intervention in Governance: Volume I, which will be presented to the public on the 4th of February this year by God’s grace.

I say all of this to make it clear that I do what I do just because I desire a Nigeria that works, not because I seek any political office. However, it is my considered opinion that capable men and women who love God and love the people must offer themselves to serve when the opportunity arises, for, as Plato said, “the price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”. That is why I am so grateful to God and thankful to General Buhari for offering me the opportunity to break the jinx and forever eliminate from our consciousness the notion that no pastor should have anything to do with politics. The fact that another pastor who has never won an election is running mate to General Buhari in the 2015 elections is a testimony to that.

As we approach the general elections few weeks from today with President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pitted against General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the second time around, there have been questions regarding my political leanings. It is clear except to the mischief makers where my loyalties lie but this broadcast is not about political endorsements; it is about alerting the nation of the storms ahead. If you must know, my political loyalty lies with General Buhari and I cannot claim not to know the issues surrounding the APC Primary and the processes that led to the selection of his current running mate. Nevertheless, this broadcast is about the counsel of the Most High who rules in the affairs of men and gives rulership to whoever He wills.

THE WINDS AND THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF NATIONS

First, I would love to remind you that the Most High cannot be crowded out of history because history is His story. Kingdoms have emerged or disappeared, nations have risen or fallen, great leaders have mounted and exited the stage, but none of these have occurred without the direction or permission of God Almighty. Not only has He authored history, He has also ordered the times and seasons for the unveiling of the content of its pages, having predetermined the appointed time for each nation. As though opening the pages of a book with His hands to reveal its content, God orders and unveils the story of the nations with the stirring of the winds. In the Bible, we see the destiny of nations unfold in response to this stirring of the winds upon the earth and the sea. Whenever these winds blow, changes occur in the governance of nations, for good or for evil.

In the Book of Daniel we see the Four Winds of Heaven stirring up the Great Sea which represents the people, multitudes, nations and tongues (Daniel 7:18). In response to this stirring, four beasts came out of the Great Sea. These four beasts were four kings and their kingdoms known today as the Babylonian Kingdom, the Medo-Persian Kingdom, the Greek Empire, and the Roman Empire. The Four Winds of Heaven are the attributes of God: Mercy, Truth, Righteousness and Peace.

Psalm 85:1013 (NKJV):

                10 Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace      have kissed. 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, And        righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12 Yes, the Lord will           give what is good; And our land will yield its increase.          13 Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

Ironically, when these forces impact upon the earth, they expose the beasts in the rulers of nations. These beastly rulers leave behind them a trail of devastation and dryness after which the Four Winds of the Heavens are again prophetically stirred to expel these beastly forces and bring restoration to the Valley of Dry Bones and its content (Ezekiel 37: 114).

In the parallel Book of Revelations, the Four Winds of the Earth are revealed as forces affecting the nations. These forces result in the troubling or change of governmental orders. The Four Winds of the Earth are politics, economy, military and religion. These forces could be channeled to either the making or ruining of nations depending on the dispositions of the leaders and the people. For instance, national ruin was the result in many African states with the emergence of tyrants after independence – the likes of Idi Amin Dada of Uganda, Mobutu Sese Seko of Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean Bédel Bokassa of Central African Republic, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, General Sani Abacha of Nigeria, and many other ambitious men whose dreams, drives and delusions unleashed a devastating storm into the political space of their respective nations. This political storm resulted, or has resulted, as the case may be, in economic ruin as these men enriched themselves at the expense of their respective nations.

At some point in Uganda, for instance, currency was printed just to satisfy the whims and caprices of Idi Amin without recourse to any principle of monetary policy management. Mobutu, on his part, amassed so much wealth through corruption that he was reportedly richer than his country and appropriated many of his country’s assets as it plunged into infrastructural collapse. Bokassa, intolerant of opposition politicians whom he allegedly killed and ate or fed to crocodiles, diverted and squandered the little wealth his country had. General Sani Abacha became the most brutal dictator in the history of Nigeria, eliminating perceived opponents by means of a deadly killer squad and stashing away over $3 billion of public monies in foreign accounts. Obiang, who is still the president of Equatorial Guinea, is reportedly worth $600 million. He is said to have taken full control of his country’s national treasury and deposited more than half a billion dollars into accounts controlled by himself and his family claiming that he did this to prevent civil servants from being tempted to engage in corrupt practices.

It will be observed that the emergence of these African dictators was as a result of the invasion of the military wind manifesting through coup d’états or civil wars which, in some cases, resulted in counter-coups or extended civil wars. In more recent times, especially since the turn of the century, the wind of religion and the wind of the military have been unleashed upon the continent and upon the nations of the earth like a genie in a bottle, manifesting in the form of terrorist organizations from Boko Haram in Nigeria to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Al-Shabab in the Horn of Africa; from Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); and from Hezbollah in Lebanon to Hamas in Palestine.

Conversely, the Four Winds of the Earth have also served in ushering nations into seasons of genuine or perceived transformation. For example, the formation of the United States of America was preceded by the stirring of the combined winds of religion, economy, politics and military in Europe as well as in America. Many of the colonies which formed the United States were created by settlers who fled religious persecution in Europe. This quest for religious freedom and the discipline that characterized the puritan migrants became the fuel for the highly profitable agricultural and commercial activities that produced economic prosperity in the colonies. The political wind blew when the colonies declared independence and this declaration was accompanied by the war of independence upon which was laid the foundation of a prosperous nation that has become the most powerful country on earth today. Similarly, the formation of the Islamic kingdoms, the largest of which was the Ottoman Empire that later transformed to modern day Turkey under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was inspired by this interplay of the four winds of the earth. Other cases in point include the economic miracle of the Asian Tigers including Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore as well as the Asian giant, China.

It is gladdening to know that the Four Winds of the Earth, no matter how ferocious, are under the God’s control:

Revelation 7:1-3 (NKJV):

1After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners    of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind          should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I        saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to    whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do   not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 

NIGERIA AND THE FOUR WINDS OF THE EARTH

Let us now bring this back home by taking a brief look at the interplay of political, economic, military and religious winds in the journey of the Nigerian nation so far. Our pre-independence history saw the emergence of empires, kingdoms, fiefdoms and communal political arrangements whose rise and fall were driven by military expeditions motivated by economic interests and, in some cases, clad in religious motives.  Since independence, these winds, operating through political power blocs, have produced governmental change from one regime to another. Between 1966 and 1999, it was often a case of one military government taking over from a civilian government or from another military government citing, amongst other factors, economic mismanagement and political corruption, and expressing a messianic mission to correct the blunders, even if insincerely. In the democratic arrangements that preceded the return to civil rule in 1999, such as the 1993 elections, religion was a much more silent factor among the four winds in the determination of political outcomes. That was why the June 12, 1993 elections could produce victory for a Muslim-Muslim ticket. However, following the return to civil rule, religion has become a major factor in the determination of election outcomes especially since the 2003 elections in which General Muhammadu Buhari first contested for the presidency, as he has often been erroneously associated with religious fundamentalism. The import of this factor got to what some might have thought would be a crescendo in the 2011 elections when, for the first time in Nigeria’s history, a pastor stepped into politics as running mate to General Buhari.

Nevertheless, in the year 2015, a crucial year in the unfolding history of our nation, the Four Winds of the Earth are about to hit the nation in one combined storm that will not leave her the same. The purpose of this broadcast is to give a timely warning before the storm arrives like Apostle Paul did on that journey to Rome in the Alexandrian ship (Acts 27) as well as to proffer an alternative pathway even if the warnings and the proposals are rejected as occurred in Paul’s case. But first, let us examine the state of the nation and show how we have stirred the ship of state with difficulty (verse 7), ignoring the warning signs, laying claim to fictitious economic achievements, celebrating political institutions with weak foundations, allowing criminality and rebellion to fester in the guise of religion, and denying the seeming comatose state of our military and its inability to withstand the pressure, thereby subjecting our nation to a depth of instability never before experienced since the Civil War.

THE STATE OF THE NATION

Today, Nigeria is supposedly the largest economy in Africa, surpassing South Africa and Egypt with a GDP of $522 billion, a value obtained since the rebasing of the economy in April 2014. With this nominal GDP, Nigeria is now the 26th largest economy in the world. It would appear, then, that her aspiration to become one of the twenty largest economies in the world by 2020 is within reach. However, whenever the GDP figures are brandished by the government as signs of achievement, red flags start emerging as the people look around them and wonder if GDP stands for garri don peme because even staple foods are becoming unaffordable to the so-called ordinary Nigerian. In any case, we need not go into those socio-economic realities that challenge the bogus claims of economic growth; let us simply dwell in the realm of economic statistics with which experts have often attempted to blind the eyes of Nigerians.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics as well as Trading Economics, a resource centre for economic indicators for countries the world over including Nigeria, there was a decline in average GDP growth rate between the third quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2014 with growth declining to an average rate of 4.5% within that period compared to earlier rates as well as a 2014 rate of 6%. Were these not signs of a staggering economy; signs that were strongly denied by the government until recently when the fact could no longer be hidden following the fall in oil prices? One also wonders if this decline was not the pointer to the fact that the economy could no longer sustain the massive corruption in the fuel subsidy regime which then informed the attempted subsidy removal and the increase in fuel price in January 2012, a policy which the people protested, defying intimidation until the protests were crushed by a combined force of political intrigues, economic sell-outs and military deployment with no action taken against the major culprits in the subsidy fraud. Also, one wonders if, despite all the acclaimed benefits of the rebasing exercise, it was not mere recourse to plastic surgery as an attempted solution to an internal disease in a last-minute effort to window-dress the economy and attract investments rather than address the problems fundamentally, considering the fact that  it was done in the first quarter of 2014.

The gap between the bogus GDP claims and the economic realities of Nigerians is seen in the fact that Nigeria, according to the World Bank, has one of the lowest GDP per capita based on purchasing power parity (PPP) in the world at the 123rd position out of 185 countries, thus revealing that the value of our currency as an import-dependent economy makes our GDP claims of little worth. Worse still, the level of inequality in the distribution of wealth that shows that a select few have cornered the wealth of the nation is seen in a Gini coefficient of 43.8 which is one of the highest inequality indicators in the world according to World Bank statistics. To explain to Nigerians what this means, the Leadership newspaper of March 1, 2014 revealed that in a population of about 170 million people, only about twelve Nigerians control one-eighth of the entire Nigerian economy!

More damning revelations were unveiled in an article titled Bitter Truths about Economy the Jonathan Govt. Does Not Want Nigerians to Know”, published by Premium Times on December 22, 2014. In it, inconsistencies in statistical indicators being brandished by the government were unveiled. The fact was revealed that in the first five years of civil rule, oil prices were not as high as they were between 2009 and 2013. Yet, whereas in those first five years, we had fiscal surpluses, we have been having fiscal deficits despite the relatively more favourable oil prices between 2009 and 2013. It will also interest Nigerians to know that within the same period when oil prices were high, all other oil producing countries recorded surpluses and deployed those surpluses to long-term infrastructure projects while Nigeria was recording deficits and borrowing to service the deficits. Again, despite the fact that only about 70% of the budget is implemented annually in Nigeria, we keep borrowing and accumulating debt supposedly to service the contrived deficit. Also, whereas growth has supposedly remained strong, we have never been as indebted as we are now since our exit from the Paris Club with a $3.5 billion external debt and a N2.2 trillion naira domestic debt even though what the debt has been used to achieve remains to be seen. Considering the negative correlation between growth and public debt, does this not suggest a statistical window-dressing of our claims of growth? Why do we store our excess earnings in foreign reserves that give us a paltry 3% interest while we accumulate debt at an average interest rate of 13-15%? Even worse is the fact that, according to Chatham House, oil theft averages $3-8 billion annually. Yet, this monumental loss of an industrial scale does not reflect negatively in our growth claims. Definitely, some voodoo economists are cooking our books.

Furthermore, earlier in 2014, the then Governor of Central Bank, Lamido Sanusi Lamido alleged that about $20 billion was not remitted to the federation account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) – a claim that was later dismissed. Was this allegation thoroughly investigated without bias? Considering the fact that this allegation was made in a year preceding general elections, and just before a fiscal era where Nigerians are being asked to tighten their belts, we are compelled to ask where recent huge campaign donations are coming from and for what purpose such humongous donations in clear violation of the law are made. It appears the PDP campaign slogan for the 2015 election is “to hell with the poor”.

In the midst of these provocations, a supposedly successful Transformation Agenda is being peddled as the basis of re-election for four more years. We have failed to admit that our economic growth is not so much the result of astute fiscal and monetary policy as it is of the global stirring of the Four Winds of the Earth. In our mono-product economic structure, international political and military crisis, especially among oil producing states, has been the cause of our acclaimed economic growth due to the resultant high oil prices brought about by a shortfall in the supply of the product. Now that the prices have fallen, with some of our erstwhile major importers abandoning our crude and with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) vowing not to cut production output even if the price falls to $20 per barrel, we are face-to-face with an economic crisis that an austerity budget based on uncertain income projections cannot address.

These red flags of economic upheaval are being raised alongside an alarming security situation that has so far cast serious doubt on our military capability. Who would have thought that Nigerians would one day be displaced from their homes and would become refugees in countries like Chad and Niger? Who would have thought that entire communities in one geo-political zone of the country would one day be under the control of terror groups or that the time would come when hundreds of women and children would be carted away by terror groups on more than one occasion with no intervention by security forces? Who would have expected that Nigerian soldiers would one day be helpless against insurgents to the extent of abandoning inferior weapons and fleeing to neighbouring Cameroon? Who would have thought that Nigeria would one day be classified alongside Iraq and Afghanistan on the list of terror-stricken nations? In the recent Global Terrorism Index, based on 2013 incidents, Nigeria ranked 4th among 162 countries with 303 reported attacks, 1,826 fatalities and 457 injuries. Terrorism was said to have cost Nigeria $28.48 billion in the year 2013. Nigeria is surpassed only by Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq in this index. Given the dastardly activities of Boko Haram last year, the 2014 index would be even more damning for Nigeria.

WELCOME TO FAIR HAVENS: A TRANSITIONAL HARBOUR

ACTS 27:78 (NKJV):

                7 When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with  difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone 8 Passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the     city of Lasea.

With great difficulty, the Alexandrian ship in which Paul travelled arrived at a place called Fair Havens and, in verse 8, we notice that there was contemplation to temporarily harbor the ship in that location but the harbor was not suitable to winter in. In like manner, the journey of the ship of the Nigerian state has thus far been difficult and we have largely been drifting under the influence of the winds. It is clear that a great storm lies ahead as we are approaching elections without addressing the fundamental flaws in the polity. These flaws include:

  1. the awkward geopolitical structure that has the form, but lacks the substance, of federalism;
  2. the consequent lopsided economic structure in which a single product from one region of the country contributes the bulk of the revenue of the entire nation despite the abundant resources spread across the nation;

iii.        a constitution that lays claim to the phrase “we the people” but to which the people made no input;

  1. contentious population figures that have been the harbinger of election disputes since the pre-independence era; and
  2. an electoral body that wears the label ‘independent’ but is practically under the control of the presidency.

These factors have directly and indirectly contributed to the current economic crisis, the political instability, and the security situation. We managed to trudge on in this condition, advancing with great difficulty until we got to our Fair Havens. We arrived at our Fair Havens when, for the first time in the history of our nation, a person from the South-South, the region worst hit by the fundamental flaws in our polity, became president. One would have expected that being from the Niger Delta and an academic for that matter, President Jonathan would understand the role carved out for him, lay aside transient political ambitions and champion the cause of restructuring while pursuing national integration, and then go down in history as Nigeria’s greatest leader hitherto; but this is yet to be seen. However, President Goodluck Jonathan came close to living up to this when he convoked the 2014 National Conference – a gathering of nobles, elders and the young from across the nation in which these issues were critically examined and recommendations made. Fellow Nigerians, I speak expressly to you that the report of the 2014 National Conference is the Fair Havens in which Nigeria must winter to avoid the storms that are ahead.

Just the way Paul on the Alexandrian ship perceived that the voyage would end in much loss and warned the centurion, helmsmen and ship-owner (Acts 27:910), I warned the nation through a broadcast and press conference held at the Latter Rain Assembly on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012. I told the nation that I perceived that there would be no 2015 if we failed to fix 2014. Indeed, those perceptions were signals I was picking at the time but there are practical pointers in that direction today even if faintly perceptible to the discerning. Between 2012 and now, the signs have become more visible though stakeholders still refuse to pay attention. Like Paul, our counsel has become unpopular. As it was in the Alexandrian ship (verse 12), the majority has asked that the ship of state set sail towards the general elections rather than winter in fundamental reforms such as those proposed in the 2014 National Conference and the reason is obvious – just like Fair Havens was an inconvenient place for the Alexandrian ship to winter in, change or reformation is a difficult process and is often not suitable to the comfort zone mentality that prefers to do the same thing over and over again and hope for a different result; a mentality which, according to Albert Einstein, is the very definition of insanity.

WEATHER FORECAST: OMINOUS SHADOWS AND GATHERING STORM

In Acts 27:910, Paul warned that the voyage would end in disaster. But the centurion, the commander of the army that was charged to take Paul to Rome, was persuaded more by the opinion of the ‘experts’ – the helmsman and owner of the ship – than by what Paul was saying.  One would want to ask: were there no visible signs of the impending storm? Was it just Paul’s spiritual perception that was at work? We will find that the journey all the way to Fair Havens from the coasts of Asia, beginning from the ship of Adramyttium, was laden with difficulty because of contrary winds that caused difficulty in navigation and obstructed procession (verses 4 and 7). Likewise, in our nation, despite the warnings, Mr. President is more persuaded by the assurances given him by the experts – including the managers of the economy, the organizers of the elections, the heads of the armed forces and security agencies – as well as the expectations of the majority than by a lone voice charging him to camp for a while in order to fix the fundamentals. However, the same question applies in the case of our nation: is it just my perception and those of others in the minority that have prompted this warning of an impending storm? Are the signs not visible? What is the weather forecast saying?

Weather forecasting entails the gathering of quantitative data and the application of an understanding of atmospheric behavior to predict the changes in weather. Jesus made reference to this practice in Matthew 16:13 (NKJV):

                1 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked    that He would show them a sign from heaven. 2He answered and     said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather,       for the sky is red’; 3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather      today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

When I first alerted the nation that there would be no 2015 if the fundamentals were not addressed, I was asked if I was giving a prophecy in the order of “thus saith the Lord”. Even now, many are asking the same question. At that time, like Paul, I told you that I had perceived it. But, I would want to ask, are the signs not there? If we can predict the weather, would it not be hypocritical to feign ignorance regarding the foreboding state of the nation? Can we not see the clouds gathering ahead of a major storm? Warning! There is too much turbulence ahead! A competent helmsman knows not to sail in such a situation instead of ignoring the weather forecast only to subsequently shipwreck, kill himself, the crew and the passengers, as well as destroy the ship and cargo!

I will briefly highlight certain crucial developments that we may be disregarding as we set sail into the general elections but I must first point out that the purpose for highlighting these red flags is to challenge decision makers and political stakeholders as well as security, military and intelligence agencies to take the steps necessary to avert crisis before elections, during elections and after elections whenever they hold. I must also warn that if we sail into general elections at this time without fixing the fundamentals, no matter what precaution is taken by the helmsman and the owner of the ship, once the ship sets sail from Fair Havens, an encounter with Euroclydon would be inevitable. Against this backdrop, I present the signs of the gathering storms:

Sign 1: Poor Level of Election Preparedness

Reasonable people are inclined to ask how prepared the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is for the upcoming general elections. Despite the desperate efforts of the Commission to manage pre-election logistics, the tales of woe that have trailed the Permanent Voters’ Card collection exercise have raised a lot of questions as to the level of preparedness of the Commission with many Nigerians fearing disenfranchisement. The Vanguard of November 15, 2014, in an article titled “Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVC: How INEC Failed Nigerians”, reported that more than 75% of the PVCs in rural areas in Lagos were left uncollected. Similar and even worse tales of woe trailed the exercise in other states such as in Edo State where PVCs were stolen. The Nigerian Pilot of November 17, 2014 reported a collection rate of less than 50% in Abia State. A survey conducted by News Agency of Nigeria on public perception regarding INEC’s preparedness for the elections, including the organization’s handling of voter registration and card collection exercises and the adoption of recommendations to forestall the challenges of the 2011 elections, gave INEC a low scorecard.

Similarly, acts of lawlessness on the part of political parties and seeming partisanship on the part of security agencies have raised questions as to the readiness of stakeholders to conduct or to allow the conduct of free, fair and credible elections. How else can one explain the fact that in violation of section 99(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), political campaigns commenced long before the opening of the window? How else can one explain the invasion of the secretariat of the APC by the Department of State Security? Either a political party was devising unlawful schemes in which case culprits ought to be prosecuted and details exposed or the DSS was acting out a script written to repress opposition parties. Whichever may have been the case, it questions the readiness of stakeholders to operate by the rules.

Sign 2: Safety and Security Risks

A study on Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria in the period between 2006 and 2013 by Chatham House in the United Kingdom revealed that 17 states in the North were terror prone and recorded varying degrees of violent attacks leading to violent deaths. In terms of frequency of attacks, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Adamawa and Bauchi, in that order, led the other states. Further compilation of recorded incidents from other sources showed that towards mid-2014, Boko Haram attacks had become an almost daily occurrence in Borno State. Terror attacks or threats of same were also reported in northern states that had previously been free of such, including Kogi and Nasarawa, as well as in southern states such as Lagos, Delta and Imo.

Given the new tactics being adopted by the Boko Haram sect especially suicide bombing by teenage girls who, it appears, the sect is increasingly targeting for abduction, the risk factor in massive political rallies and polling units across the North of the country and, to a lesser extent, in the South, is dangerously high. Let us not forget that in December 2014, a female suicide bomber arrested by vigilante forces in Borno State revealed that 50 other female suicide bombers had been let loose.

As INEC has requested of the Federal Government a massive deployment of armed forces and security agencies for the general elections, a proposal that is being opposed by opposition parties, I challenge the Federal Government to conduct an honest assessment of the capability and numerical strength of each of the security agencies and armed forces and assure Nigerians that the ratio of forces to polling units across the federation is such that can effectively ward off potential attacks and guarantee security. The logic would be to deploy more forces to areas that are highly prone to terror but security tacticians must not forget that deceit is a weapon of war. Terrorists might seek to take the nation by surprise and target less protected areas which, ordinarily, might have been less terror prone. Let the security agents also be mindful of what I will refer to as the Ziklag factor (1st Samuel 30). If security agencies are to be massively deployed to polling units on Election Day, it would be risky to leave the home front unprotected in terror prone areas as terror attacks might be unleashed on homes to target the non-voting population. Worse still, with their antecedents of becoming partisan and getting caught up in politicking during elections, can our security agents maintain the level of alertness required to quell potential attacks? We might have succeeded in organizing some gubernatorial elections in the South, and the aborted gubernatorial election in Adamawa due to the subsequent swearing-in of the deputy governor, by massively deploying military and civil defence forces; however, we cannot ignore these threats ahead of the general elections.

Sign 3: Likely Minority King-making

Nigeria has a history of low voter turnout. For instance, the 2011 parliamentary elections recorded 25.8% turnout while the presidential elections recorded 48.32%. In essence, electoral decisions in Nigeria are made by the minority. Given the state of the nation, in spite of the excitement trailing the emergence of candidates, the 2015 elections threaten to record an even worse turnout. Aside the problems associated with voter registration and PVC collection, if the reported hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in terror prone areas are considered with respect to their status as part and parcel of the electorate, and if terror-stricken towns are considered in terms of polling units involved, then we are faced with the likelihood of massive disenfranchisement and voter apathy that could render the elections disputable and inconclusive.

Sign 4: Looming Constitutional and Legal Crisis

The constitutional provisions for election into the office of the president as articulated in section 132 of the 1999 Constitution provides a window for challenging the validity of any presidential election if elections cannot be held in some parts of the country as might be the case if the security situation is not addressed before the elections. Section 132(4) provides that:

For the purpose of an election to the office of President, the whole of the Federation shall be regarded as one constituency.

Section 47 of the Electoral Act 2010 further provides that:

Voting in any particular election under this Act shall take place  on the same day and time throughout the Federation.

By these provisions, it is clear that any presidential election that excludes certain parts of the nation will result in constitutional crisis and legal battles that may further heighten sectional tensions.

Sign 5: Impending Post-election Tension

This necessitates a look at those pointers to possible post-election tension. First, like the gathering of the clouds, the utterances of vested interests from the northern and southern sections of the country as to how they will react if the election turns one way or the other is a pointer to an impending storm that the nation must not ignore. In recent times, direct threats in this regard have been coming from vested interests in the South-South with a history of militancy. This should give the nation a grave cause for concern when considered against the massive oil theft in the region as well as reports suggesting arms build-up with ex-militants allegedly linked to a botched South African arms deal that was widely reported, and to the purchase of six warships as reported in The Punch newspaper of December 13, 2014. Mind you, the Global Terrorism Index report identified 6 terror groups in Nigeria. Contrary to public perception, according to the report, even though Boko Haram is currently the deadliest terror group in the country and has laid claim to about 90% of the terror attacks in the period covered by the report, the largest terror group in Nigeria is the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) with a membership strength of about 15,000 despite its having recorded much fewer attacks than Boko Haram. Ladies and gentlemen, one does not need a soothsayer to know this is a red flag!

On the other hand, the readiness of the multitude of northern youth to violently defend what they perceive as theirs, rightly or wrongly, is well documented in our recent election experience. The nation would not want to be caught-up in violence involving two regions. Another civil war in addition to terrorism would be too much weight on an ailing nation. Why not first address the root causes of these tensions that mount up every election year – root causes that elections themselves cannot resolve but aggravate?

Sign 6: Looming Economic Collapse

Alongside these pointers to political upheaval are the signs of an impending economic collapse. Any of the following scenarios is possible:

  1. Inflation

With the proposed diversification of revenue base from oil to taxation and with the devaluation of the naira in an economy that is largely import dependent, cost-push inflation is likely to occur. Also, the flow of money into the economy through politics within the first quarter of the year ahead of the elections could as well facilitate a demand-pull inflation. The so-called average Nigerian who has no place on the dinner table would bear the brunt. It is even doubtful that they can access the crumbs that fall from the master’s table.

  1. Deflation

With the expected reduction in government spending for a nation whose financial sector is still largely government supported and with likely reduction in purchasing power due to taxation and possible job cuts in the public as well as private sector, a fall in aggregate demand would eventually lead to deflation. An inflation-deflation transition could result in losses for investors in volatile markets such as securities and property.

  1. Monetary Collapse

The depletion of our foreign reserves, the dip in crude oil prices and its downward impact on our foreign earnings, the weak state of our manufacturing sector, and our import dependence could lead to a sustained downward spiral in the value of our currency.

We are therefore faced with the challenge of managing a volatile transition process and a looming economic downturn at the same time. It will interest you to note that the same fundamentals that must be addressed in the political dimension of our challenges also hold the key to economic stability and prosperity for our beloved nation. However, before we take a look at these fundamentals, it is necessary to point out one more sign of the gathering storms that has to do with my constituency, the church, and its interaction with the political space in 2015.

Sign 7: Potential Religious Confusion, Betrayals, Scandals and Persecution

In 2011, when I was selected by General Buhari as running mate, there was a gang-up against that ticket by a substantial section of the church which preferred the candidate that was perceived as Christian, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Not only was the church not convinced about General Buhari’s non-fundamentalist stance, it also refused to give support to the running mate who, in its perception, is controversial and non-conformist. At that time, the mantra amongst many men of God was that a pastor had nothing to do with politics. Reports also have it that Christian clergy received financial inducement from their preferred candidate who is again contesting against the same General Buhari in 2015. To compound the matter, General Buhari’s running mate is another pastor who should ordinarily have the support of his home church, a very influential denomination in and outside the country and whose head is highly respected in the Christian establishment. Therefore, ordinarily, for those to whom religion means a lot in the making of electoral decisions, the current running mate of the APC should be tiwa n tiwa, that is, “our own” and should be massively supported by the church. But it is not going to be that easy. What would be the implication of turning away from the incumbent who was massively supported in 2011 by the church establishment?

How about those for whom the president has done one favour or another, such as waivers, contracts, soft landings, protection of vested interests in one form or another, or even outright monetary gifts – not necessarily bribery, just a ‘harmless’ gift? Would these pastors, priests and prophets now turn against their benefactor, the president, to give support to “our own”? What will be the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), organizations that have been massively behind the president and who are likely biased against APC as PFN’s 2015 round-the-clock circulated prayer bulletin reveals? Would there be reminders that this same incumbent has knelt before us at our conventions where we laid hands on him and supposedly endorsed him? Or, would we make a u-turn now that this is “our own”? Would such a u-turn not come with dire consequences reminiscent of the Abimelech experience with the men of Shechem in Judges 9:2224 (NKJV)?:

                22 After Abimelech had reigned over Israel three years, 23 God sent   a spirit of ill will between Abimelech and the men of Shechem;      and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech, 24  that the crime done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be       settled and their blood be laid on Abimelech          their   brother, who          killed them, and on the men of Shechem, who aided him in the killing of his brothers.

Let us not forget that the men of Shechem paid dearly for it – with their lives, in fact. Do we see persecution looming for the church? Do we see high profile scandals emerging if the church makes such a u-turn? Or would the church simply deny or betray its own or, like the ostrich deprived of wisdom, treat its young harshly and choose to support incumbency in order to stay safe and protect interests and investments? Would the question of support and endorsement pitch major religious leaders against one another with brothers fighting against brother whether in secret or in the open? See Job 39:1318 (NKJV):

                13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, But are her wings and     pinions like the kindly stork’s? 14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground, And warms them in the dust; 15 She forgets that a foot may           crush them, Or that a wild beast may break them. 16 She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers; Her labor is in vain,        without concern, 17 Because God deprived her of wisdom, And did     not endow her with understanding. 18 When she lifts herself on       high, She scorns the horse and its rider.

Challenging as all these may be, our confidence is in the fact that no matter the degree of shaking that will occur, it will only produce a glorious church without spots or wrinkle, for Jesus, the true Head of the Church, said He would build His church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Alleluia! (Matthew 16:18)

Having said that, let us take a look at the options available to our nation, that is, the alternative to setting sail in spite of the imminent storms of a political, economic, military and religious nature – the stirrings of the Four Winds of the Earth upon our nation.

OUR PROPOSITIONAL ALTERNATIVE

What I have said in the past to our nation and our leaders, I will repeat here once more. To avoid the gathering storms, the following steps should be taken:

  1. Activate the constitutional provisions for the suspension of elections

Section 135(3) of the 1999 Constitution provides as follows:

If the Federation is at war in which the territory of Nigeria is          physically involved and the President considers that it is not practicable to hold elections, the National Assembly may by resolution extend the period of four years mentioned in subsection       (2) of this section from time to time; but no such extension shall          exceed a period of six months at any one time.

The argument against this would be the notion that the country is not at war. If indeed the country is not at war, how can one explain the invasion and annexation of Nigerian territory by insurgents launching attacks from our borders and neighbouring countries? Let us not forget that on May 14, 2013, while declaring a state of emergency in three states, President Goodluck Jonathan said of the activities of terrorists:

“These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate       attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state and        threaten its territorial integrity. As a responsible government, we      will not tolerate this”.

Records indicate that since that declaration, the situation has only worsened. Therefore, if the country was at war then, according to the president, it is even more so now.

I do recognise the fact that opinions are divided on whether or not the Boko Haram plague can be described as war or just an act of insurgency. Truth be told, this is mere semantics. As Aesop said, “the injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales”. Depending on which side of the divide one belongs, the difference between war and insurgency can be likened to the difference between terrorists and freedom fighters. One man’s meat is another man’s poison, just as one man’s music is another man’s noise. Those that are condemned as ‘terrorists’ by one group are hailed as ‘freedom fighters’ by another.

Therefore, I submit that if the President considers that a part of the federation will be disenfranschised by reason of the Boko Haram plague, a postponement of the election may not be out of place. In my view, the litmus test to arrive at the type of war contemplated by the constitution is the practicality of getting people in the affected states to line up to vote for candidates of their choice in situations where they cannot predict when the next attack will be launched by insurgents. I hold the view that the drafters of the law feared for mass disenfranchisement of Nigerians who will refuse to risk their lives, hence the requirement that the nation wins the war before conducting an election.

Be that as it may, there is yet another argument. It goes thus: “Since the government has demonstrated a very high degree of incompetence as far as combatting terrorism, is it not better to have a replacement, particularly in terms of a new government led by the person of the APC candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, which can only happen through elections?” This reasoning seems valid, for though the president has made several attempts at tackling the issue, his avowed political will has not yielded fruit and the situation has only worsened. It is perhaps too complicated for him to deal with. But what is the guarantee that there will be free, fair and credible elections and the opposition will not be rigged out of victory once again? What is the guarantee that the power of incumbency will not successfully manipulate the presidential elections? Even if General Buhari wins, what would happen if, in response to a Buhari victory, another wave of insurgency explodes in the South-South in such proportion that will completely ground the Nigerian economy? Is that what we want as a nation?

However, I must state that the proposal for suspension of elections is not with a view to giving the president an avenue for undue tenure elongation but for the purpose of building a coalition that will bring lasting solutions to our problems.

  1. Create a Transitional Government

In suspending the elections, to gain the support of all stakeholders, the president must not act with the intention to seek re-election. Rather, he should, within the period, commit himself to building a non-partisan coalition comprised of major stakeholders and competent statesmen from each geopolitical zone. This coalition, headed by the president, will constitute a combined force that will tackle terrorism and address what I have earlier referred to as the fundamentals, within a time frame of two years or less.

  1. Address the Fundamentals

Addressing the fundamentals calls for immediate implementation  of the report, or part thereof, of the 2014 National Conference especially as it relates to:

  1. Restructuring with a view to achieving true federalism under Zonal Commissions as well as fiscal federalism ensuring, as proposed by the report of the National Conference, that adequate allocation is given to a Solid Minerals Development Fund in addition to other recommendations geared towards economic diversification.
  1. Achieving national reconciliation and integration by adopting, constitutionalizing and propagating the National Charter for Reconciliation and Integration.
  1. Conduct accurate census

Aside facilitating development planning, an accurate census will lay the foundation for a sound identity management scheme, facilitate effective and efficient local government administration, provide the basis for proper constituency delineation and enable the conduct of well-organized voter-registration exercises.

  1. Establish a truly independent electoral body

A truly independent electoral body whose head will no longer be appointed by the president and whose funding will be drawn from first line charge on the federation account will guarantee the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

  1. Create a true people’s constitution that will reflect the aforementioned features

A true people’s constitution, rather than being preambled by a military decree, as in the case of the 1999 constitution, will be preceded by the people’s expressed interest to co-exist as a nation and be governed under agreed principles as espoused in the Charter for National Reconciliation and Integration adopted at the 2014 National Conference.

  1. Conduct free, fair and credible elections in the consensually accepted constitutional arrangement

In the end, as an integrated rather than regionally and religiously divided nation, we will arrive at the same juncture we are currently but, at that time, better prepared with the fundamentals in place and with the nation set for the leadership of the best of the north and the best of the south while the federating units, truly federal, are constitutionally empowered for collaborative and competitive development.

SETTING SAIL IN SPITE OF THE STORM CLOUDS

Despite this timely warning which includes the way forward to credible elections and to a stable and prosperous nationhood, I am almost certain that, like the helmsman and owner of the Alexandrian ship in Acts 27 as well as the majority in the ship, the handlers of our nation will prefer to set sail rather than winter at Fair Havens. From the 13th verse of Acts 27, we understand that the decision to set sail was fuelled by the fact that the southern wind blew softly and gave the illusion of safety. It reads:

          13When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete.    [Please note that Crete means carnal or fleshly.]

Ladies and gentlemen, the south wind blew recently, when Gen Muhammadu Buhari against formidable contestants and money bags won with a landslide majority at the APC primary in the heart of Lagos, South-western Nigeria – and that against all odds.

Added to that, the relative peace in the South has kept us from seeing the severity of the crisis rocking our nation and its potential to be aggravated by premature electioneering. However, in the 14th verse of Acts 27, we find that, not long after, a tempestuous wind called Euroclydon arose and hit the sea and the ship was caught in the midst of it until it could no longer be controlled. That ship drifted until it was wrecked.

Euroclydon is a cyclonic, tempestuous north-east wind. It is reminiscent of the wave of terror attacks bedeviling the nation from the North-East as though reminding us that, going by precedent, an incumbency-rigged election could cause the volatile electorate in the region to take advantage of the Boko Haram crisis which has snowballed from the North-East to unleash a storm on the nation from the North and that likewise, a Northern victory will only resuscitate a South-South resistance.

AFTER THE STORM: NIGERIA, THE BIGGEST MIRACLE OF THE CENTURY

It is noteworthy that, after all was said and done, just as God assured Paul, no life was lost, though the ship was wrecked and property was lost. It is very gratifying that, in the end, the majority that was wrong became the minority and the lone voice minority that was right became the majority.

Paul, the prisoner, became the commander with a clear blue print on how to salvage lives from the avoidable wreckage. And as he instructed the centurion, he had no choice but to comply.

Ladies and gentlemen, my heartfelt prayer at this juncture is that our leaders will listen and do the needful to avert an avoidable disaster, so that there will be no need for anyone to say at the end, “we told you so”.

I find it very useful to repeat the words of Paul here with all humility, trusting God that all men of goodwill in and outside of government will hear, heed and act accordingly.

Acts 27:2026 (NKJV):

          20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no           small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was     finally given up. 21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul      stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this        disaster and loss. 22 And now I urge you to take heart, for there will     be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there         stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong       and    whom I serve, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be      brought before Caesar; and indeed God has     granted you all those        who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God    that it will be just as it was told me. 26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”

Paul further said in Acts 27:3036 (NKJV):

          30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, when     they had let down the skiff into the sea, under pretense of putting   out anchors from the prow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and the           soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be   saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the skiff and let        it fall off. 33 And as day was about to dawn, Paul implored them all to take food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day you have waited     and    continued without food, and eaten nothing. 34 Therefore I        urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since      not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.” 35 And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in       the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began       to       eat.36 Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves.

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, let me at this juncture encourage you all, those within the country and those in the Diaspora, to join us at The Latter Rain Assembly as we observe a  14-day solemn assembly – a time of corporate fasting and prayer from Sunday the 1st of February to Saturday the 14th of February, 2015 to entreat the God of heaven for the survival of our nation. We shall meet daily for corporate prayers on all 14 days from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

In closing, let me place on the register my full persuasion regarding the outcome of our present dilemma. I am fully persuaded that, no matter how dark it becomes for Nigeria, there is a silver lining beyond the dark clouds and this nation will overcome the storms and rise to fulfill her destiny. I believe that no matter how unstable the polity may become, we will transit from shame to fame in the name of Jesus. Amen. I am persuaded that no matter the level of economic collapse, the economy of Nigeria will recover. So, in preparation for a previous prophecy, let us begin to expect the emergence of the tender plant from the side of the North, afore-prepared before the foundation of the world to steer Nigeria into her prophetic destiny. We are in the season of his emergence. What the mouth of the Lord has spoken, the zeal of the Lord will accomplish. Amen.

I am further persuaded that our national reconciliation, integration and full recovery will be a wonder to the world and that leaders of nations will beat a path to our doorstep to understudy God’s power at transforming nations.

Our authority for this assertion is God’s word as recorded in Psalm 126: 16 (NKJV):

                1 When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like    those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations,  “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done     great things for us, And we are glad. Bring back our captivity,   O Lord, As the streams in the South. Those who sow in tears   Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping,   Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with          rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.

Therefore, come rain, come shine, by the grace of the living God, Nigeria will be saved, Nigeria will be changed and Nigeria will become great in my lifetime.

Thank you, God bless you and God bless Nigeria. Happy New Year to you all.


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  • Evangelist

    Where is the Holy Spirit leading Pastor Yemi Osinbajo?

    In his public life in politics he’s been barnacled to perjurers; first as poodle for 15 years to Bola Tinubu
    a plea bargained drugs running accused criminal on U.S court records, and now he’s sent on
    fool’s errand as side-kick to General Buhari who’s looking like another perjurer without school certificate.

    If indeed Yemi Osinbajo is a Christian Pastor led by the Holy Spirit he should not be associated
    with any of these things. For the Holy Bible says:

    “Let those who love the LORD hate evil…

    Nowhere does the Holy Bible ask Christian faithfuls to reconcile or compromise with evil for personal benefits
    that might be found in it by so doing. Lies-telling and false witnessing are scriptural evils. I simply do not see
    the signs of the Holy Spirit supposedly leading Pastor Yemi Osinbajo.

    • Bello

      I am sure he has his right to do what he wills, just as you have to Counsel him. So why are you afraid of his so called wrong step? Let him follow his path, just decide who you will vote for and go ahead and do it. Chikena.

      • George

        These are people who just want short cut to power but they will never get it.

        Anything they believe they can do they should also have it in their mind that others can do better…violent will begot violent this time

    • endingNaija

      Reno Omokri, what did Mr. Goodluck Jonathan and “Pastor” Oritsejafor go to do in Israel when our own head of state-Goodluck Jonathan- was made to KNEEL DOWN before Jewish Judaists at the Israeli and Jewish wailing wall in Israel?

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      Why are you afraid of the imminent result of his emergence?

  • Okey

    Mr Tunde Bakare, even though I hold the view that 99.9% of your treatise last night was geared towards inviting hate towards Jonathan, to smear him before the general public and make his opponent gain mileage over him, let me still address my opinion to you since (1) at least, you ended up spending the .001% of your treatise in offering suggestion to how the nation can have peace (2) you were a member of the last National Conference; and (3) I am one Nigeria who restlessly crave for the peace of dear great nation, Nigeria.

    Sir, though I have equally given the same piece of advice to Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi through Thisday newspaper online platform, I am, all the more, offering you the same since I noticed a deafening silence over the gravamen of the matter in your last night speech.

    LETTER TO PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE

    Sir, addressing peace without first addressing the justice of the matter is not an honest way of addressing a problem. Pastor, Sir, pleases address the justice of the matter, first. For as Peter MacIntosh said, you must offer justice and equal rights before you can be taken seriously as wanting peace.

    Pastor, please, if yo do not know, may I respectfully let you know now what the matter really is: the North, Hausa/Fulani in particular, have ruled the nation for 39 years and the West (Yoruba) has ruled Nigeria for 11 years. But now a minority from the South/South, the self-same people whose resource (oil money) is the only reason for political contestation in Nigeria today is at the helm, some people from these two zones that have had their fair share have become restless and intolerant against the minority South/South zone. Their disdain and oppression of the South/South minority zone is so pronounced that, even in their party, they could not find any person, man or woman, from South/South worthy of either being their presidential candidate or much less, Vice Presidential candidate. Pastor, Sir, how can peace come out of this manifest injustice and intolerance by the two sections of the country against another ?

    Sir, I have no fixation on which man or woman from the South-South should be made President of Nigeria. In other words, I am saying, the South-South candidate could be any of these men that the anti-Jonathan, nay anti-South-South forces, have identified as credible and capable – Rotimi Amaechi, Adams Oshiomole or Timipriye Sylva. What I do not accept is the philosophy that says no man or woman of competence in today’s Nigeria can be found from that zone. It is gross injustice to take away the President they got by Providence and leave them with none whilst we expect and relish to run our country with the wealth from underneath their soil in peace. That will be to consign them to hewers of wood and fetchers of water for the rest of us and I am saying, Sir, that that is unjust in the sight of God and in the sight of any man or woman with conscience.

    Please, do away with Goodluck Jonathan if you will but only on the condition that another person from his zone should complete their (8) year tenure.

    Alternatively Sir, people like your good-self should call for and champion the immediate implementation of the decisions of the National Conference before anything else, if we are genuinely desirous of peace. We must enshrine in our Constitution “power rotation” within or amongst the 6 geo-political zones. I read from Thisday newspaper a few days ago that we lost territories to Boko Haram in Adamawa and Borno States on account of the disposition of some army officers and men who had ethnic and religious sympathy for the murderous organization. Pastor, I know, certainly, that if this fellows with other Nigerians in their realm of ideology know that if Jonathan dies, resigns or is impeached or is removed by any other means, his “brother” or “sister” from the South-South will complete his tenure, the incentive to sabotage his government and remove him at all cost will not be there.

    Let me remind you, Sir, that in a previous National Conference, Dr Alex Ekwueme advocated and canvassed vigourosly for this power rotation as a way of ensuring lasting peace in Nigeria; some delegates physically fought him for merely expressing that view, but surprisingly, Abacha adopted Power Rotation in his 1989 “Constitution.” But upon his death, another rigamarole Conference was called with the sole aim of yanking off power rotation; that done, they now gave us the 1999 Constitution that omitted Abacha’s power rotation principle. Many then thought that the aim of resisting rotation was to make the Yoruba “taste” power for only 4 years and thereafter, it would go to where “it was meant to be.” Of course, the man Obj was wiser; he outfoxed them all, for he set out weakening APP with juicy appointments to its officers, making PDP as the sole party for country and thereby effectively crippling an alternative platform to challenge his reign. That was how the Yoruba, through Obj, managed to complete their eight (8) year tenure.

    Pastor, So long as the Leadership question is based on the “domination principle,” we will never have peace. As another Jamaican, Robert Nester Marley, said until the philosophy that holds one group superior and the other inferior is destroyed, peace will be unattainable. Sir, we have gone to war on account of this, killing ourselves and drawing our dear great nation backwards, must we embark on another war before we could attend to this self-evident truth ?

    Pastor, Sir, you know more than I do that the first condition for peace is justice. I am all for the peace and longevity of our great nation Nigeria and that’s why I plead, Sir, that you address the justice of the matter, first.

    • endingNaija

      Reno Omokri, I have a question for you. You know “Pastor” Ayo Oritsejafor who is supposed to be the president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), but CAN is one of your-Mr. Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign office-: Why did Ayo Oristejafor -against the wishes of Nigerian Christians-turn CAN into one of the campaign units of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign?

    • I Hate Sycophant Truly

      Mr. Okey you have no point. No one is against any region ruling but do you want to tell us GEJ is the best in south south. Prevail over PDP to substitute his name with another name from south south, I do hope the language will change. Every points raised by Pastor Bakare, you just tried to wish them away, instead of addressing them. Well, I understand your problem, ‘It’s own turn syndrome’. what now make you better than those region you claimed had ruled the nation but have nothing to show for it, the same way 6 years rule of a southerner and nothing to show for it, except corruption, impunity and backwardness. Please use your brain than your heart.

    • endingNaija

      Reno Omokri na okey, you know the supposed President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) the merchant-Pastor-Ayo Oritsejafor. You know CAN belongs to ALL Nigerian Christians-but why did the business man-Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor turn CAN into the campaign office of Mr. Jonathan? Did the business man-Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor do it for business purposes? Was that act of turning CAN into the campaign office of Goodluck Jonathan a “Christian” thing?

    • Yakubu Ibrahim

      There’s no sense in taking about equality; when it’s crystal clear that the so-called minority with the mantle of leadership could not govern his household well enough, how then do you expect him to lead a nation of over 170 million people?
      Leadership is about the RIGHT MAN and not turn by turn or zoning.
      Whoever, wherever, whichever religion has got the CAPABILITIES to lead Nigeria to Eldorado is highly welcome!
      Drop your bigotry thoughts and analysis, and face REALITY.
      if Jonathan a southern could not liberate his people (south-south), is it Buhari’s fault?
      Rev. Mbaka, a pure breed of Igbo nation told a bitter truth about Goodluck to Badluck, do you then label him as boko haram member? Or the multitude present at his church, boko haram members?
      It’s a clear rejection from God and the people; not issue of north ruling for so so years and south for so so years.
      My question: why didn’t ijaw nation put forth a CAPABLE BRAINER for 2011 polls?
      Was it Buhari’s decision or a northern agenda?
      Be wise dear Okey and stop living in fool’s paradise!

      • Okey

        Talk sensibly, not like Abubakar Shekau

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        @Yakubu, if we cut some of the chaff and waffling from what @Okey wrote above, I think he is entirely on point.

        Sure, the main problem is the incompetence of Jonathan, but it is that same incompetence that made the candidature of GMB almost inevitable at this point, plus the short-sightedness of the South-South to insist that the nation must have this incompetent man shoved down our collective throats.

        @Okey, if the South South had been more intelligent, there was no reason it would have insisted on flogging the dead horse that the GEJ Presidency represents in a democracy where numbers represents the greatest factor; albeit knowing fully well that it does not have the numbers.

        Where were the Amaechis, the Donald Dukes and the Oshios of Nigeria when you guys were trying to force GEJ down our throats?

        That you went into an unholy alliance with the political traders among the Ndigbo did not help things either as sterling candidates like the late Dora and Ngige (and to some extent, even Okorocha) were ostracised for seeing beyond the mundane as many were.

        We have now come to a point where the South South and South East must forge serious alliances and renegotiate its way into relevance by presenting and backing its bests, as the Yorubas did after June 12.

        I personally do not believe any tribe is born to rule or serve, but the broken tripod needs fixing at this moment and GMB is the best man for the job, that is required presently.

        • Okey

          Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ! “As the Yorubas did after June 12” ? What a gratuitous fraud and self deceit ! Was the Yoruba around when Obj was conscripted in 1999 ? No border with the other hogwash.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            The problem with you is your refusal to see beyond your nose, @Okey.

            When you think the very thought of “thinking outside the box” means taking your brain out of your head, how do you expect to achieve anything extraordinary?

            Just continue with the obduracy of a goat and expect that manna would fall from heaven for you.

            Jonothing is going to be kicked out of Aso Rock come February and ain’t shaite you going to do about it!

          • Okey

            Kay, after starting off with that sonorous worn-out cliche (thinking outside the box), you went bunkers and guttering ? Habaaaaa!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Does this mean you have taken your brain out of your head, @Okey?

            It does appear so!

          • Okey

            Chei, gutter Kay, my advocate !

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            I am not your advocate, gutter Okey!

  • MushinSpeaks

    While many thought Jonathan would deliver; millions still held their belief in Buhari. The wide acceptance he has gotten has shown how eager Nigerians are for change.

  • Oleku

    Rubbish–who got time to read gibberish from an Imam cum pastor

    • Spoken word

      with your low intellect how can you read for more than 2 minutes.You obviously have the attention span of a rat. Just like the PHD (port harcourt degree) holder we have in Aso Rock. That has an attention span of not more than five minutes

    • endingNaija

      Reno Omokri, did you read how “Pastor” Ayo Oritsejafor the supposed president of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) turned CAN into the campaign office of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan?

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    This Pastor,Bakare lost out in 2011 when he paired Buhari as a running mate. I think the only electoral value he has is one vote. What is he quoting bible to confuse himself? We already know his political fiasco and gimmicks. It is quite a pity.

  • favourtalk

    Well constructed words and messages, Nigeria need a change and transformation not just a confused Jonathan work. We need to vote in buhari to achieve the lacking aspect of transformation in Nigeria. We need a visionary man and focus not just a confused GEJ

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    GEJ is the most vibrant candidate that have listening ears and can transform Nigeria barring instigated BOKO Haram. Already, GEJ has fixed a framework to send insurgency in Nigeria to extinction in few months to come.

  • Baba Messi

    The only area I disagree with Bakare is his endorsement/choice of Buhari. I actually supported the Buhari/Bakare ticket as I knew from ‘day one’ a GEJ led PDP regime would not get Nigeria into the promised land.
    However, my dear Generals comments in recent times have not shown him to be a regional/ethnic/religious champion..not a National figure required to rule a multi ethnic and religious country like ours.
    Having said that, This Bakare’s message should not have been pulled off..FOR IT IS THE GOSPEL TRUTH FROM A GENUINE MAN OF GOD!
    His counsel might not be popular..but popularity is not the hallmark of genuine men of God. Same way in the scriptures, prophet Micaiah gave a prophecy different from that of 400 false prophets who said what the king wanted to hear.
    HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR…

    • Baba Messi

      *’my dear generals comments in recent times HAVE shown him to be a regional/ethnic/religious champion..’

      • Wähala

        That’s where you fcuked-up your otherwise, very good observation with your comment… Sha, kudos!

        • Baba Messi

          Hehehe..but gaskiya the General was not above board with his comments.
          Less of the F-words bro..no more ‘kindergarten language’, Haba!
          Sha, happy 2015 jare!

          • Wähala

            C’mon, shut-up dia!
            I know whom I’m directing my comment to so you deserve a foot in the ahss for your crimes against humanity… lying to Nigerians!

          • Evangelist Messi

            Hahaha! Wahala wahala! Why nah??
            Don’t carry this yur abusive ‘baggage’ into 2015 o!
            The ‘trumpet’ can sound at anytime.
            Abi u wan share odeku wit lucifer for yonder??
            REPENT!

        • Kingtugi

          Shut up ur dirty mouth.

  • Spoken word

    lets see if GEJ will take this advice ‘” Warning! There is too much turbulence ahead!
    A competent helmsman knows not to sail in such a situation instead of
    ignoring the weather forecast only to subsequently shipwreck, kill himself, the crew and the passengers, as well as destroy the ship and cargo”

  • orkar

    To be honest I do not understand the type of security agents we have in the country–It seems -most of them are like buhari–with questionable credentials I believe—-why not leave this bakare man alone–and let them say whatever thing they have in their–APC controlled belle?–Then have the politicians counter them—what is the chairman of PDP doing—-sleeping ? What about the NSA Dasuki? What is their job for heavens sake? The more u try to stop them from airing their views—-the more popular u make them become—What most people-in politics do not seem to understand is that–the more insults u pour on your opponents as we see APC often do to the president- the more Jonathan wins the sympathy of voters to his side–so all these politically motivated rantings does not make sense one little bit-to me—Only a mad man will compare the activities of boko haram–to Maitasine——-most of whom were not even armed like boko haram-is today with her global connections—See bakare it was who said Objs government will not last for a day–well -Obj wasted 8 years in Aso rock–sleeping around with anything in skirts—————-If obj had attacked the sharia law the way it should—-Buhari and APC would not have cashed in on it as their campaign slogans—–Jonathan pleaded with the so-called opposition to join hands with him—to fight the war–they refused–even invited them into his government.–they said naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa———-so what are we wasting time listening to them for again————?

    • endingNaija

      Reno Om ORKAR i -na Reno Omokri, what did Mr. Goodluck Jonathan and “Pastor” Ayo Oritsejafor go to do in Israel? Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) belongs to ALL Nigerian Christians. Why did the supposed president of CAN the business man and trader “Pastor” Ayo Oritsejafor- turn CAN to one of the main campaign offices of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan? Why did our own president-Mr. Goodluck Jonathan -KNEEL down before Jewish and Israeli Judaists in Israel in the Israeli and Jewish wailing wall?

  • ModyHH

    Trash, I thought the pastor is educated and would talk about what he understands. How in the world can a decline in GDP growth rate from 6.5% to 4.5% mean a stagnation of the GDP? And this man wanted to be the Vice President of Nigeria. One should explain to the pastor that in most cases the larger the GDP, the lower the growth rate. A quick look at Europen GDP growth rates would explain that. Till the pastors knows what he is talking about, ChannelsTV should keep him off, enough of these semi-illiterates.

    • endingNaija

      ModyHH na Reno Omokri’s newly minted name-Did you actually read Pastor Bakare’s ministration? I doubt. But if you did I have these questions for you then. What will you call how the merchant and business man “Pastor” Ayo Oritsejafor the supposed President of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) turn CAN into one of the main campaign offices of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan? What did the trader and business man “Pastor” Ayo Oritsejafor accompany Mr. Goodluck Jonathan to do in Israel? Why did a Nigerian President-Goodluck Jonathan KNEEL BEFORE Israeli Judaists in Israel? Please note that whoever puts a foreign country -be it Israel or Saudi Arabia- above Nigeria is a TRAITOR to the Nigerian people and to Nigeria. We Nigerians are watching every one, and every move. We have our facts. Nothing is hidden. Let me repeat: Whoever puts a foreign country-be it Saudi Arabia or Israel-above Nigeria IS A TRAITOR TO NIGERIAN PEOPLE AND NIGERIA. Why did a Nigerian President-Mr. Goodluck Jonathan- KNEEL DOWN before Israeli Judaists?

      • Seyi

        TundeMESS na endingnaija na Dave na Creek animals na clowns!
        Chameleon!

        • endingNaija

          Reno Wendel Omokri na seyi Our own president -Mr. Goodluck Jonathan-went to Israel to KNEEL DOWN for Israeli Judaists at the Israeli wailing wall. Our President is the symbol of our sovereignty. I am just wondering why our president-Mr. Goodluck Jonathan should surrender our sovereignty to israeli Judaists by KNEELING DOWN MEEKLY before them at the wailing wall in Israel. Seyi na Reno Wendell Simlin Omokri , can you help? Do you have an answer?

      • Sh*t Catch Dem

        Bros, na only you waka come? Why you hide yesterday when your Ex-Coupist been lost his certificate nah?
        I dey laugh o!

        • endingNaija

          Mr. Reno Wendell Omokri , I am just wondering what a Nigerian president was doing in Israel KNEELING DOWN BEFORE ISRAELI JUDAISTS. That is my wonder. Do you have an answer to that? Can you help please?

  • orkar

    In this interview with AYOMIDE OWONIBI, Primate Elijah Ayodele, founder of Inri Spiritual Evangelical Church, speaks about the future of Nigeria, and what Nigerians should expect in 2015.

    Visions for Nigeria in the first quarter of the year
    Prayers are all what we need to keep the country intact, to bring peace to the country. As a matter of fact, a lot is still going to happen and Nigerians still need to be praying ahead. I am using this meduim to appeal to all Christians and Nigerians who believe in the tomorrow of this country to pray.

    If Nigerians can exercise patience, I see the economy booming. I see expatriates coming into this country because our economy would be one of the best in Africa come 2017. But the point is that we have to pray that God should keep Nigeria as one nation. The government has not really addressed the issue of one nation as expected. We need prayers for God’s divine intervention.

    On insecurity
    If this government tries to have any kind of amnesty with Boko Haram, it would cause problems for this country. The government should not take it lightly with Boko Haram; they should fight the war against them. I see other nations supporting Nigeria in the long run. Boko Haram would still make the FG spend a lot of money. On the issue of Boko Haram, the CIA has misled the Nigerian government about it. As said by the Lord, America should be blamed, as directed by the Lord. These people are not spirits. I don’t know whether the government is afraid to address things the way they are. They should address it from the roots.

    We said it earlier this year that Abuja must be very watchful because there is going to be an attack on Abuja. The government should work more on security so that Nigerians can be protected.

    Nigerians don’t understand when a man of God speaks. We should not blame many men of God who said things in the back that did not come to pass. Everything is in the hands of God. He is the one who has the final say about everything that happens. What I am saying in essence is that APC will not make the presidency in 2015, though it will be very tough.

    Specifically, are you seeing Jonathan as President in 2015?
    I am not talking about Jonathan here. I am talking about the party. I am saying again, PDP will make it in 2015. There is still going to be more negotiations. Honestly speaking, if the Vice-President does not sit up, his position would be used for negotiations. Most of the defected government if not all, two would come back to PDP. There would still be more defections. APC cannot fight PDP, as they don’t have the mandate. APC did not ask from God before they came together so they cannot stand.

    • endingNaija

      Reno Om OKEY ri na Reno Om ORKAR i okey na orkar na Reno Omokri why did the merchant-Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor turn Christian Association of Nigeria into the campaign office of Mr. Goodluck Jonathan?

      • Seyi

        Bros, are you OK?? Everyone and anyone not in support of Buhari is ‘reno omokri’??
        The same endingnaija that was in a coma yesterday when Buhari’s ghost certificates were being discussed has ‘ressurected’ like ‘mama peace’??
        What about the fake offspring you excreted yesterday??
        TundeMESS na endingnaija na Dave, na animal creeks na clown!
        Haba TundeFart!

        • endingNaija

          Seyi na Reno Omokri this is a serious matter. A Nigerian President-Goodluck Jonathan KNELT DOWN MEEKLY before Israeli Judaists by the wailing wall in Israel. Do you think it is correct for this president to surrender our sovereignty to Israeli Judaists? Why did President Goodluck Jonathan do that? Can you help please Mr. Wendell Simlin?

          • Gideon Orkar

            Dude let me speak to you in a language you understand.

            if I am Reno or working with Reno to make my posts or I have been making my posts as an agent of Reno or the Govt, may God curse my blood line till the 10th generation. If I am any of the above, may my descendants know no peace, may parents outlive their children within my blood line.

            If on the other hand I am innocent of your accusations, may your bloodline be cursed till the 10th generation, may you and all of your descendants outlive your children and may you remain cursed.

            AMEN.

            Please seal this prayer by repeating “AMEN”

          • endingNaija

            Shut up! I am one of the Chief Tormentors of your candidate-President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar of Aso Rock, Abuja. I will TORMENT your candidate-Goodluck Jonathan (for FAILING NIGERIA BADLY ) and you his online campaign managers until Nigerian Voters drive Goodluck Jonathan and you away with their votes in February. Ol boy we just start ooooo! It is going to be relentless until the election. Better get ready and go back and ask for MORE OIL MONEY from your paymasters! I go laaafu taya for naija until we end Goodluck Jonathan naija! Na me be dat. Next?

          • Oleku

            When are you going to identify me for who I am? Why do you associate me with people I don’t know and have never met? It appears you are a sicko but please leave blessed Oleku out of your madness, okay?

          • endingNaija

            Oleku na Reno Omokri. I will remind you of the most important question of the day. Our outgoing President-Mr. Goodluck Jonathan KNELT DOWN for Israeli Judaists by the wailing wall in Israel. Is it good for a Nigerian President -no matter how desperate he is to be re-elected-to KNEEL DOWN for foreigners? Why did Mr. Jonathan do that?

          • Gideon Orkar

            Criticizing the President is your democratic right and I am not stopping you from doing that, but lying about others like you have been doing is distasteful and your campaign will never drive me away. if anything it will energise me to fight against the evil you represent.

            Your children will die one after the other. Every lie you tell against me is a nail into their little coffins

          • endingNaija

            Gideon Orkar dont cry too much. Mom always asks you to take your medicine before going out. You did not today. But help us with this before you run to take your drug. Mom-Mrs. Diezani is keeping $20b of Nigeria’s money on behalf of her man Mr. Goodluck Jonathan. When will she return it to the Nigerian treasury? We are waiting. Gideon Orcry-Orkar na Reno Omokri na Tawanda.

          • Gideon Orkar

            Gutless coward. Say AMEN and stop running from pillar to post.

            I repeat again. Every lie you tell is a nail in the coffin of your children. Afflictions and pain will be their portion this year. Your lies will damn you!

            No amount of intimidation or smear campaign will stop me from airing my views about your Islamic zealot called Buhari and Tinubu!!

          • endingNaija

            Did you take the drug you were not supposed to take? Just asking!!! I go laaafu taya

          • endingNaija

            Why did he KNEEL DOWN for foreigners in Israel? Answer my question small boy.

          • Baba Messi

            Bros u accused him..he said a prayer for you to answer..u culdnt! Yet you are so SHAMELESS You still go on and on ranting.
            If u have a wife, I wonder how they cope with u. Abi d rumour say na gay u be dey true??

          • endingNaija

            You need to use any of your names to answer this question. Why did Mr. Goodluck Jonathan KNEEL DOWN before Israeli Judaists by the wailing wall in Israel? Must we lose everything under this President? Can the Israeli Prime Minister KNEEL DOWN before ordinary Nigerians? Why must Mr. Jonathan KNEEL DOWN before foreigners? Just asking Reno Omokri. Aso Rock can use any of their invented online names to answer. Anyone you use is fine. Tawanda, Baba Messi, otile, oleku deacon, Orkar, Gideon Orkar anyone-just answer.

          • endingNaija

            Baba Messi, why are you still MESSIng around here? I ga laaafu taya. I am the CHIEF TORMENTOR of your candidate -outgoing President -Goodluck Jonathan. So stop MESSing around Baba messi!

          • endingNaija

            Gideon Orkar na Orkar na Reno Om ORKAR i na Reno OmOKEY ri na Seyi na Reno Omokri na otile na oleku na the “truth: na es3 na emmaneul na akpos1 e be like say dis pepper dey pain una well well. Expect more!

          • Gideon Orkar

            You have shown you are a coward. Why dont you say AMEN to the prayer? In any case my prayer still stands. We know those who make posts based on convictions and those who have been contracted to cause mischief.

            My prayer for you in this new year is that You will bury your children with your own hands for the lies you have been spreading against me. And if you are not lying your children will prosper.

          • Seyi

            The guy has shown a clean pair of heels!
            Forget about him. Too childish and petty. He actually behaves like he is being paid to be here. I have noticed all he does is attack attack attack everyone with a view contrary to his. What does this tell you?
            Honestly the only person I know who is this petty and childish on this site is tundemash.
            See simple prayer he can’t answer! What he doesn’t realize is millions read his comments here.

          • endingNaija

            When will mom -Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke return the $20b she is keeping on behalf of her man -Mr. Goodluck Jonathan? Gideon Orkar na Tawanda na Reno Omokri-Please help with an answer. You can use any of your names to answer. I just checkle small, just small.

          • Kokori

            Where is the certiPicate? Agbakoba, Ozekhome, Keyamo….Where art thou?

          • Baba Messi

            My brother, did you really expect him to answer that prayer?? See how he meandered round the prayer! Holy Ghost fire catch am!
            I had a similar argument with him some months bak. Then he was using his known name ‘tundemash’! I offered a similar prayer and challenged to say amen.
            He no fit! I even gave him a soft landing and asked him to say his own prayer to which I was ready to say amen. For wia?? Na so the clown run enter bush o!
            Forget the brat..

          • Gideon Orkar

            People like him are irritants. I just cant understand why they think people cannot hold an opinion and stand by it. All the want to do is cause confusion and show their intolerance of any contrary view. It is such intolerance that has led to the emergence of Boko Haram

            I may not agree with your view but I wont stop you from holding yours. Even among 12 disciples there was one person who had a different view from Jesus so why do they expect everybody to support Buhari? By thesame token I respect and understand that everybody cannot support Jonathan. But it is shameful that people have resorted to cloning users account and a campaign of calumny just to stop others from airing their views. Such people are a danger to democracy

          • Baba Messi

            Well said! He feels anyone with a different view must be a paid agent because I suspect he is being paid to comment. So he feels everyone else is the same in his warped brain.
            My brother, keep airing your views please. There’s always something to learn from each other regardless of our position on issues.

          • Gideon Orkar

            No mind the mumu.

          • endingNaija

            Reno Omokri replying Reno Omokri via Gideon Orkar and Baba Messi!

          • endingNaija

            Continue posting until February election when you will be out of job. Enjoy it now as it lasts till February elections.!!!

          • Baba Messi

            You and only you are the only one replying different people with views different from yours from morning till night! Doesn’t that suggest you are paid to attack here?? And the way you repeat the same words over and over again, does that not imply a robot who has been programmed to repeat the same words once it detects a perceived ‘anti APC’ comment?
            What I find amusing is that you accuse some like myself who actually are not impressed with the PDP regime as being ‘reno omokri’.
            LOL! Your problem is you are very intolerant. The key ingredient for terrorism.
            Twice now, (myself and the orkar chap) you have accused people of working for reno..YET YOU ARE NOT MAN ENOUGH TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YUR ACTIONS, AND ARE DEAD SCARED TO SAY AMEN TO A SIMPLE PRAYER.
            Every sane person can see you have chickened out!
            What a sick petty shameless lying mercenary.
            Please release one of yur pre-recorded comments.
            Lol! Robot!
            I dey laff u oo!

          • endingNaija

            Baba Messi na Reno Omokri , Gideon Orkar na Reno Omokri. Reno Omokir likes to post and reply himself. I go laaaf taya. But by the way, what was our dear former president to be -Goodluck Jonathan-doing KNEELING DOWN before Israeli Judaists by the Israeli wailing wall? Why must a Nigerian President KNEEL DOWN MEEKLY before foreigners in a foreign country? Just asking otile na Baba Messi na Tawanda. Answer now Reno Omokir thru any of your names-Just use anyone. It is not a problem.

        • endingNaija

          E be like say Seyi na Orkar na okey na Wendel Simlin na Reno Omokri, what do you think?

          • Kokori

            Where is the certiPicate?

          • endingNaija

            Is seyi now kokori? Reno Omokri na Kokori? Just asking? And by the way is the $20b Mr. Jonathan’s woman Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke is keeping on behalf of Mr. Jonathan what he will use to prosecute his election campaign? Is the $20b what was stylishly recycled into Mr. Jonathan’s campaign fund? Reno Omokri I am just asking you thru Kokori.

  • Gaskiya

    Men of God have spoken and are speaking. Whether you listen to their wise words or not Bad Luck must be voted out. Hello Nigerians speak up against those people who want status cuo. Nigerians are very wise people and can not accept Jonathan and PDP again. Their time is up!!!

    • Ijeoma Xtopher Iheanyichukwu

      So Tunde Bakare is among the men of God.
      Anybody who used or called the name of My HOLY GOD in vain will face His anger.
      Tunde Bakare is bearing his sour brunt after his marriage and wedding with
      Buhari in 2011.

      • endingNaija

        No the business man -Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is the god of men and women in Jonathan’s Aso Rock

  • Yusuf

    The blood of innocent Nigerians’ is hunting Jonathan, everyone will eventually turn against him for one reason or the other; I wont be surprised if Patience eventually dump him

  • Dr Williwilli

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR
    Amidst the hullabaloo, anxiety or if you like, the misplaced euphoria that has greeted the publication by Premium Times of the comments by one Rev ‘Father’ from the East, deep thinking people like us have taken the scientific path of reflecting on 2 issues:
    1. Why did Premium Times not report the first instance of the Priests praises for President Jonathan?
    2. Why did Premium Times have to wait for the Priest to make contrary statements at variance with his earlier position before posting the video/audio comments of the first?

    To start with, this country, if it qualifies to be one, belongs to all who live in it. Therefore, one would expect that media houses strive to maintain some form of neutrality no matter how herculean. But with the sensationally skewed reports we see these days on Premium Times and other notoriously biased media houses, one has reason to wonder if Nigeria’s ship is not heading for the rocky coast. Otherwise, how can one explain the seemingly unprofessional stance of Premium Times in propping up all manners of derogatory news to deliberately favour one candidate? Even comments that are critical of the Terrorist friendly candidate are suppressed. On the other hand, you will not read of complaints of suppression of comments in support of this terrorist loving candidate.

    …and now this story about Parrot Bakare is not different from PT’s habitual methodology…brazen disregard for fairness.

    PT should therefore wake up from its orgy of sheer partisanship in reporting comments, letters, or news affecting the two candidates. .. and I hope the Editor is reading. Thank You!

    • Yusuf

      the media post things that are new, editorials that takes peoples attention; it is not a news that a pastor is praising Jonathan, but it is a great news that a pastor is condeming him. Even pastor Mbaka’s audience were not enthusiastic when he was praising the Dumbo

      • Kokori

        Where is the certiPicate? Isn’t that NEWS? Where is the certiPicate? I am asking you, Where is the certiPicate?

    • endingNaija

      “Dr” Williwilli and “Mrs” Williwilli scientific path ke? You Reno Wendel Omokri scientific path? Wonder no go end for Naija!

      • endingNaija

        The NTA is owned BY ALL NIgerians. “Dr” Williwilli, is it scientific for NTA to fail to carry the news of the Reverend when he criticized Mr. Jonathan?

  • Dr. Ahmad

    The pastor’s analysis is not a prophesy of doom, I think it is a result of a careful analysis of events in the past and present that may actually lead to a doom. I wish relevant stakeholders would look critically into his 7points

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      We expect Buhari to show his certificates now,we are not in a Church or Mosque……this is a serious issue BUHARI HAS TO SHOW HIS CERTIFICATES TO NIGERIANS !!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    All these irrelevant captions are designed to distract Nigerians from the reality that General Buhari may have perjured himself out of the race. As we speak Buhari and his APC have not been able to present primary school and any O’level certificates to back up his application.

    The questions are :

    1. Did Buhari commit perjury by stating that his original papers are held at the military’s custody ?

    2. Was this a deliberate act by the APC to conceal certain inadequacies with regards to Buhari’s academic background ?

    3. Did Buhari meet the requirements of admission into the Nigerian military ?

    4. Is there a sinister plot to give preferential treatment to Buhari again at INEC ?

    5. Could it be that there are no certificates of primary and O’levels to present ?

    THERE ARE TOO MANY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS BUT NO ANSWERS FROM INEC,APC AND BUHARI HIMSELF. Nigerian electorate have a right to know all facts pertaining to the history of all those who aspire for the highest office of the land.

    BUHARI…..BUHARI…..BUHARI !!! SHOW THOSE CERTIFICATES NOW,IT CANNOT BE WISHED AWAY !!

    • Etomi

      I expect an action in respect of QUALIFICATION to be quickly filed to challenge the eligibility of Buhari for the Feb 14 election…

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        If Nigeria is to be seen as a country of law then that should be the next logical step !!

        • endingNaija

          But then mr. Jonathan’s woman -Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke-can keep the $20b she is keeping on behalf of Mr. Jonathan is Nigeria is a country of law-right? Answer Tawanda-Yu don take your medicine?

        • endingNaija

          If Nigeria is a country of law, the outgoing president -Goodluck Jonathan-will not have used his own mouth to say stealing is not corruption. What does this outgoing president want Nigerian children to learn? Does he want Nigerian children to say stealing is not corruption? Can Jonathan tell his won Children that stealing is not corruption?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            We are talking about PERJURY,a very serious crime !!
            We are not talking of definitions of corruption here,find someone for your childish exchange !

          • endingNaija

            Tawanda, If Nigeria is to be seen as a country of law, mom-Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke will return to the Nigerian treasury the $20b she helped “facilitate” stole on behalf of her man-outgoing president King Goodluck Jonathan Nebu.

          • endingNaija

            Tawanda na We are talking about how our outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan and his woman -Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke emptied the NNPC treasury.

  • Investigator

    Pastor Tunde Bakare,

    Your 100% support for Buhari, please, does it include support for the affidavit sworn and delivered
    by General Buhari stating as follows (without his having a school certificate or a school testimonial):

    • “I am the above-named person and deponent to this affidavit
    therein. All my academic qualifications documents as filled in my
    presidential form, President APC/001/2015, are currently with the
    Secretary, Military Board, as of the time of presenting this affidavit.
    The affidavit is made in good faith and for record purpose
    .”

    I am asking you this question, Pastor Bakare, so as to establish your bona fides as a
    Christian Pastor especially because Section 37 (1) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution says:

    A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
    presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission
    .

    • Public Tribune

      DOES GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI HAVE ANY INTEGRITY?

      The long and the short of it is that Muhammadu Buhari has no school certificate.
      Second, he doesn’t have a school testimonial to show he’d attended any school.
      Both facts mean that Buhari is not qualified to be a presidential candidate in 2015.

      More than that, both facts also mean Buhari perjured himself on sworn affidavit.
      By filing that affidavit, he asserted that he went to secondary school and asserted
      he was educated in secondary school up to West African school certificate level.
      Both assertions are false; and the legal effect of false assertions on oath is perjury.

      Dr. Tunji Abayomi is befuddled – for otherwise he’d reason properly that the burden of
      proving equivalency of school cert education can’t be supported by Buhari with nothing.
      The previous (false?) assertions by General Buhari in 2003, 2007 and 2011 are at issue.
      It is Buhari who has the burden of reconciling his previous assertions with his current one.
      If he did not attend secondary school, as it seems, a case of prosecutable forgery arises.

    • Ed Egbe

      @ Investigator:

      I see your point since that’s indeed what Section 137 (1)
      of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria says. If Nigerians are
      principled people, they will uphold the law, and not break it
      once again just to pander to regional or religious expediency.

  • taewo

    In other words, President Jonathan only needs to sit down and pray for the Boko-Haram-type insurgence, one after the other, in other geographical locations of Nigeria, and he will be rewarded with with tenure elongations every six months.

    I’m surprised that Pastor Bakare presented these very convoluted, dubious and anti-democratic propositions. I’m not sure that he is still a Buhari loyalist as he would want us to believe.

    • Rommel

      Pray ke! he can instigate just like he instigated the one we are facing today hoping that Nigerians will extend his tenure by two more years instead of election,but unfortunately things got out of hand and he lost control of national assembly,that was always his plan and not this recontesting.We are going to polls next month and nothing can change that.

  • Oleku

    The argument of gullible Yoruba youths has always been that Goodluck Jonathan is inadequate as a President and power must return to the North in 2015. But we are all acquainted with the facts that:

    1. Fifty years (50) of Northern’s presidency ruined the railway system, but the three years (3) of Jonathan’s presidency has revived the railway systems.

    2. Fifty years (50) of Northern’s presidency reduced the electricity generation from 24 hours per day to 6 hours per day,
    but the three years (3) of Jonathan’s presidency has increased the electricity generation from 6 hours per day to 18 hours per day.

    3. Fifty years (50) of Northern’s presidency destroyed the educational system, but the three years (3) of Jonathan’s presidency has resuscitated the educational sector.

    4. Fifty years (50) of Northern’s presidency ignored the maintenance and infrastructural development but the three years (3) of Jonathan’s presidency has increased funding for maintenance and infrastructural development.

    5. Fifty years (50) of Northern’s presidency completely destroyed the Civil Service, but the three years (3) of Jonathan’s presidency has refocused the Civil Service for increase productivity.

    6. Fifty years (50) of Northern’s presidency replaced the professionalism of the Nigerian Armed Forces with ethnic patronage, but the three years (3) of Jonathan’s presidency has brought back professionalism into the Nigerian Armed Forces.

    7. Fifty years (50) of Northern’s presidency tuned the Nigeria Police into glorified ‘mai guard’
    institution, but the three years (3) of Jonathan’s presidency is reviving the institution.

    It is obvious from the above that the three years of President Jonathan has done more goods than the fifty
    years of Northern’s presidency. We all agreed that the PDP as a political party is bad and evil. We also agreed that half of the PDP
    members have moved to the APC. It is simple logic that both the PDP and APC are bad and evil. What we really need is True and Fiscal Federalism.

    No to Northern’s presidency in 2015 otherwise four more years for President Jonathan!!!

    • endingNaija

      What was our outgoing President -Mr. Goodluck Jonathan-doing is far away Israel KNEELING DOWN for foreigners-Israeli Judaists by the Israeli wailing wall? The business man-Pastor-Ayo Oristsejafor was there with him. Why for God’s sake? Why will our own President-President of sovereign Nigeria KNEEL DOWN for ordinary Israeli citizens who are just Judaists doing their own thing? Why Reno Omokri na okey na Orkar na Gideon Orkar na oleku na otile na Tawanda? Why for God’s sake? Under this president Nigerians LOST everything including respect both local and abroad.

      • Oleku

        Stop spinning on the wheels, stick to pressing issues. My good friend TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO has challenged you and any of the e-janjaweedian to table the sectors in which any of Mr president previous 4 predeccesors faired better than him. I am also putting on the money to join him in this comparison of the incumbent government and all former head of states. Let’s table facts for facts, not opinion.

        And finally, please don’t forget to remind Buhari that Naijas are still waiting for his credentials-cheers

        • endingNaija

          Nothing is as pressing as the sale of Nigerian sovereignty to common and petty israeli Judaists by outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan Nebu when he KNELT DOWN before common Israelis! This is disgraceful!

          • Oleku

            Oleku lets agree it’s disgraceful, fair enough. Can Imam Buhari now submit his credentials to the mandated electoral body? This is the issue

          • endingNaija

            If you Reno Omokri na oleku Jonathan’s campaigner agreed that it is disgraceful that our outgoing President -Goodluck Jonathan sold our sovereignty by KNEELING DOWN before ordinary Israeli citizens, is it not also criminal that, mom, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke the woman of the outgoing president- is refusing to return the $20b she stole from the NNPC on behalf of her man-Goodluck Jonathan? Let us clear all these before we move on ole.

    • Rommel

      Don’t you ever get tired of these nonsense you keep wasting your time on? had president Jonathan done 1/10 of what he was required to do,we would not be having such situation,a look at the list he released for his reelection will show you that the man still does not understand what we are saying.That Nigerians rejected him for Buhari should have made him to commit suicide if he had honor.

      • endingNaija

        Oleku cannot be tired because he is paid for the nonsense he posts. If he shows any tiredness, he loses his job and pay. Given this high unemployment created by the outgoing President-Goodluck Jonathan, oleku cannot afford to lose his job. So he has to post something no matter how nonsensical. Dont worry. Just read these people, chuckle and enjoy yourself. Theirs are the last kicks of a dying cow!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I challenge you to nitty-gritty sector by sector of the economy. President Jonathan has statistically and evidently performed better than his last 4 predecessors put together let’s go !

        • endingNaija

          If Nigeria is a country of LAWS, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, the woman of the outgoing president-Goodluck Jonathan will dutifully retrun the $20b she stole on behalf of her man -Goodluck Jonathan.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Which $20 billion ?

          • endingNaija

            Didnt you take your medicine so that your brain will clear? You asked which $20b? The one mom-Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke-the woman of outgoing president-Goodluck Jonathan Stole from NNPC on behalf of her man-Goodluck Jonathan

        • Tunsj

          Keep on dreaming my friend.

        • endingNaija

          That outgoing president-Jonathan performed? You must be giving new meaning to the word “perform” if you say our outgoing president-Jonathan-performed.

        • Rommel

          Why should I waste my time discussing the irrelevant and non existent achievements of former president Jonathan?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Well ask your man to produce his certificates first,there is no vacancy for mal-educated coup plotters at Aso Rock !!

    • blueeyedkitten

      its not about the north mate. its about nigeria.

    • endingNaija

      Oleku when will mom-Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke return Nigerian money-$20b- she-Diezani Alison Madueke- stole on behalf of her man-outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan? She must return the money to Nigerian treasury before she and her man leave ooooo! make una hear ooooo oleku people!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      They do not have answers to GEJ achievements which clearly tower above that of any of his last 4 predecessors. I am here to challenge them,lets take it sector by sector.From oil production to agriculture to infrastructure to Aviation,to education,etc

      I am here to shame the haters .

      • Oleku

        Well done Comrade. I admire your patriotism and sheer sincerity in matters of governance. You say things as they are and not as some gullible Nigerians who take the media word for word without individually assessing the exact state of affairs. That is true statesmanship. Daalu!

        • endingNaija

          Ole, which patriotism? Patriotism that made Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke -the woman of the outgoing president-Goodluck Jonathan-to pocket $20b of Nigerian money on behalf of her man-President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebu? Ole, what patriotism exactly are you talking about?

      • endingNaija

        Tawanda, when will Mrs. Diezani Alison madueke-the woman of the outgoing President-Goodluck Jonathan return to the public treasury the $20b public money she stole on behalf of her man-Goodluck Jonathan? Can you in the name of truth answer this please?

      • Tunsj

        Please list the achievements of your hero, Jonathan. You talk a lot without saying anything of significance.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Come with your false accusations first,sector by sector !

          • Tunsj

            As usual, you are not answering my questions. There is no need to communicate with you further.

          • endingNaija

            But he cannot if he has not taken his medicine. He needs to take his drug before he can answer you or do anything meaningful. I know him very well. We hang out here most of the time because I am one of the Chief Tormentors of his candidate-the outgoing president-King Goodluck Jonathan Nebu of Aso Rock. So he cannot answer you if he has not taken his medicine. Better ask him to take his drug first. That way his head will clear a bit and he may be able to answer.

          • Tunsj

            I appreciate your comment. It seems to me that he has a big problem and the only thing good for him is to check himself into a Psychiatric Hospital as soon as possible. Denying facts just makes Tawanda Incommunicado looks delusional. Have a good day.

          • Tonnero

            Hahahahahaha! You really sound like a 7 year old. You say you have achievements, someone say be specific and then you say accuse first?????

            Okay, power generation has fallen from 4500MW under Yar’Adua to less than 4000MW under GEJ despite 5 years of sustained efforts by Barth Nnaji and Professor Nebo and several additional billions spent. Explain that to us.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            First of all you are a liar,power generation as we speak is near 6000MW.
            The $16 million allegedly invested in power by OBJ a few weeks before he vacated power was pure daylight robbery which he must account for.
            OBJ imported a couple of turbines and abandoned them in the warf,some were clearly used and dilapidated ,there was no infrastructure ie gas pipelines,to feed his phantom plants,that was what Yar’adua inherited with Jonathan,power generation was below 3000MW.
            It was rather slow with Yar’adua but when GEJ and Nnaji came on board,the strategic planning started,pipelines,feeder roads,gas plants,hydro plants,coal plants etc are aggressively under construction.
            States can easily pursue their own power requirements and connect it to the national greed,the privatisation of the power sector has been carried out . The dividends will not be felt overnight but for the first time in 20 years power output has been on a steady increase. Power plants and complementary infrastructure does take time but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

      • endingNaija

        Which GEJ achivements? Did you mean the $20b being kept for him by her woman-Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke? But that is personal/family achievements.

      • endingNaija

        While I am here to TORMENT a failed Goodluck Jonathan presidency (and his dubious online crowd) as he exits Aso Rock with his poor crowd!

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Dreams are free !!

      • Tonnero

        Are you not tired of this your falsehood? I already told you and your master that OBJ left $67b after 8 years and after paying off $12b to cancel $35b debt. How is GEJ better when he has depleted that amount and saved nothing of his own after 8 additional years?

        Let us talk oil production:

        1. OBJ took NLNG from two to six trains. Tell me what GEJ has done.
        2. OBJ’s tenure saw the emergnece of deepwater oil and gas production starting with Bonga in November 2005, followed by Erha, Agbami and others. Pray, what has GEJ done?
        3. OBJ did 2 bid rounds in 200x and 2007. Tell us, how many bid rounds has GEJ done?
        4. OBJ did a marginal field round in 2002 giving birth to the indigenous oil and gas production companies like Seplat, Millenium, Frontier Energy, Seplat etc. Please tell us what GEJ has done.
        5. OBJ deregulated the downstream sector leading to the creation of companies like Sahara Energy, Oando, Conoil etc. Tell us what GEJ has done.
        6. OBJ was the first to inject Nigerian companies into crude oil trading a field that was hitherto dominated by internation traders like Vittoil and Trafigura. Tell us what GEJ has done.
        7. OBJ carried out the OGIC Reforms leading to the PIB. Six years after the first PIB was crafted in 2008, the law is yet to be passed.
        8. OBJ did the Nigerian Content Law which is now a major requirement in the industry even though your Diezani was claiming credit when she just happened to be there when the law was finally passed.
        9. OBJ was going to force IOCs to insure some of their assets with local insurance companies to grow the industry. Comapnies like Mutual Assurance, Internation Energy Insurance etc sprang up to take advantage of that.
        10. Do you know the Cabotage law and what it was supposed to do? Find out and come back and tell me what Jonathan has done.

        Today, the oil industry is comatose. There are no investments because investors are unsure of the fiscal framework. No major project has come on stream since you clowns got there. Production has fallen to less that 2 million barrels per day when, as GMD of NNPC, Funsho Kupolokun’s aim was to do 4 million barrels per day by 2010! Contracting has been hijacked by Emeka Offor and Tompolo and you cannot g a major job with aligning with these folks. The estimtes of oil production loss are so high that the Shell MD called it an industry despite the fact that Ateke Tom, Asari Dokubo and Tompolo are on the payroll of the government. NEITI which used to be a vocal participant in the sector driving to achieve transparency and headed by Prof. Asobie is now virtually dead.

        And I can take you on with data in ANY SECTOR you want. Your arm waving will not sway anyone. Last 4 presidents indeed. Even Abacha built more roads and stole less money thany your GEJ. In terms of deaths, GEJ’s administration has witnessed more deaths than any other in Nigeria history outside of the civil war. 40,000 killed and still counting.

        You are trying to sell us an East German era Skoda and calling it a 2014 BMW. Maybe some will buy. But most Nigerians are too discerning to fall for your lies.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          It is also true that OBJ who was petroleum minister created many proxy companies through which he siphoned oil and gas revenue. GO AND CHECK,Nigeria produces more oil/ day now than during OBJ era of looting,the ability to produce well above 2 million barrels’ day . It is also true that Nigeria leads in FDI for Africa for the last 4 years ,investment from outside is overwhelming the oil sector and you are here telling lies about lack of investment.
          The fall in the price of crude world wide will affect investment in this sector however this is not specific to Nigeria !!

        • Sword of Damocles

          O’boi, I dobale(prostrate) for you. even after the referee tried to push you away signifying your victory by stunning knockout, YOU WERE STILL THROWING BOLOS(PUNCHES). What can i say? have mercy? knowledge is indeed power!!

        • Yakubu2012

          I love your angle of argument and it’s brilliant. I am fully concurring to the fact the 3 of all the point are genuine but the others are now past tense become he has worked better on them. Pls get more genuine points to fight them. It should be on only that which is the truth.

    • Kasarawa

      I pray that God The Almighty should handle each and every situation in your life the way Jonathan handled electricity and security situations in Nigeria for the past three years. Ameen. I dare you to say ameen too.

    • endingNaija

      Ole, did you forget to take your drug today? This is not coherent. Please go and take your medicine and come back Ole.

    • objective

      Hello Mr. Oleku, are you living in Nigeria at all sir? If you are, you must be living in Aso Rock, or in the alternative, you are prophesying! It must be one of the two. I fail to see all the achievements you have mentioned. Probably the Jonathan’s achievements you mentioned are projected for the future. And before I forget, Jonathan has been there for 6 years not 3 years sir; and another quick one please don’t be this beclouded by sentiments next time. I beg you!

  • bikky

    HUN-UN, God in your mercy,let not the plan and agenda of evil ones come to pass in this nation. Sincerely there will be no war in Nigeria,either before ,during and after 2015 elections,let no man threaten Nigerians. Plan of God for Nigeria is peace and prosperity,by March 2015 Nigerians shall sing a sweet new songs. We shall vote and votes shall be counted and the president shall be sworn -in says the Lord of Host. JUST VOTE WISELY

  • blueeyedkitten

    wow… for the first time, people cutting across all regions are beginning to see buhari as the man he truly is. what this people are seeing about this man now, has been sighted by us(masses) in the north for a very long time. but people thought we were just been sentimental.
    this man;buhari is an epitome of honesty and integrity, something we’ve lacked in almost all of our past leaders. i am glad most of us are now seeing that. and i most say, i get goosebumps from reading some of the warm comments made on buhari on this forum an other fora. time is ripe for change indeed. lets prepare for glory(insha’Allah).

  • Dr Williwilli

    HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF (“One country, different systems”)
    Dear Nigerians,
    It is common knowledge that the remote cause of the very bloody civil war fought in the space referred to as Nigeria was the genocide perpetrated by the Hausa –Fulani on the Igbo nation. What children and the young men & women born in the 80s may not remember & may never be thought in the classroom is that the immediate cause of the war was the non comprehension of an English word (Confederation) by then Head of State (Yakubu Gowon) as used by Dim Ojokwu.

    So being a semi-literate, signed the famous Aburi accord. However, on getting to Lagos Awolowo, a lawyer, explained the meaning of the word to him and he realized he shouldn’t have signed. But is was too late as General Ojokwu would not tolerate such nonsense…and the war lasted 30 months. Here we are again, presenting a semi illiterate as a candidate, hoping that yet another lawyer(Osinabanjo) will be doing the interpretations/translations. History repeating itself? Methinks Nigeria is just too big and civilized to be in this rather ridiculous situation where a candidate seeks to deliberately insult the sensibilities of Nigerians.

    Buhari is only 83, let him register for external WAEC and satisfy the constitutional requirements. He can then contest in 2019 or the February elections can be shifted by a few months…after all, I read on this forum that students in Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara need to score only 2 points to get into so called UNITY school while those from Anambra , Enugu, Calabar, Edo have to score 135 to get to the same school…and they will earn same salary at the ministries. Oh Nigeria! ‘One country, different systems’!

    • endingNaija

      “Dr” Willisilli na Reno Omokri na “Dr” Willisilly na Reno Omowilli When will mom-Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke-the woman of outgoing President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebu return to the Nigerian treasury the $20b oil money /NNPC money she stole on behalf of the outgoing president-her man President King Goodluck Jonathan Nebuchadnezzar?

    • Strong System

      This election is going to be between incorruptible leaders vs thieves, not semi-literate vs “phd”, Christian vs Muslim or north vs south……. we are now wiser!

    • Tonnero

      Three points for you to consider:

      1. The remote cause of the civil war was not the killing of Igbos by Hausas but the killing of leaders of other ethnic groups by coup plotters who were predominantly Igbo and who spared their own Igbo leaders. This is what led to a chain of events culminating in the civil war. What you refer to as the remote cause was a response to the coup outcome and the taunting of the Hausa-Fulani by the Igbo the same way you are doing now by calling their leaders illiterate.

      2. It is common knowledge that when you want to transact a business with someone you expect to have a long relationship with, you go with equity and it must be a win-win. Even if we concede that Gowon was illiterate, Ojukwu should have known that THERE IS NO WAY HE WOULD ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH ANY AGREEMENT PERCEIVED AS UNFAIR or UNWORKABLE. If Ojukwu was not planning to take advantage of an “illiterate”, he should have come back to the table to clarify his intentions and show how it is a win-win. Nation building is not a game of one-upmanship. It is serious business.

      3. You can keep deceiving yourself that both Gowon and Buhari are illiterates. That is your own wahala. Tonnes of tapes of the civil war years exist on U-tube and everyone can watch and decide for themselves whether Gowon was literate or not. Ditto for Buhari. Bottomline is that your continuing lack of respect for other ethnic groups was and will continue to be your downfall. Only people who are not very smart assume that being able to speak English, read and write in English or have PhD are educated people. More enlightened people know differently. Even the English, when they came on their colonising missions, recognised extremely smart natives even when they could neither write nor speak English. If you like, try going to survive in the desert with an Arab herdsman simply because you think you speak better English than him. Your body will be dinner for vultures.

      As usual though, those of you who have a more parochial interest (religion, money, party, ethnicity etc) than getting the best for the nation will use ethnicity, religion and now spurious claims of illiteracy to make your arguments rather than focusing on the fact that we elected a man who neither has the capacity nor the will to move Nigeria forward. On the contrary, the country is rapidly degeneratingg on all indices.

    • objective

      Interesting! So, Nigeria is too “civilised” to be governed by a “Semi-literate” as you put it? No matter the level of integrity? I can understand you, especially when such conclusions are obviously coloured with ethnic sentiments. So the “civilised” Nigeria is better left in the hands of brigandages and bandits looting in every nook and conner of the nation and calling themselves leaders? A gathering of kleptomania and liars, wallowing in absolute ignorance of the word governance? Is that what is good for this “civilised” Nigeria? My brother set bigotry aside. Our country is being robbed!

    • akyn

      Whatever you have been smoking think of this: AFTER 6 YEARS, THE GREAT OGOGORO MASTER DR. NO PHD THESIS GOODLUCK JONATHAN THE SHOE-LESS STATED:

      “We are coming out with programmes and plans to clean up corruption.” – AGAIN, AFTER 6 YEARS-

      If you attend any 4-year college and you are not able to finish in 6 years with a Phd degree will you employ yourself for another 4 years?. Is it not better to concede and have a decent ill-educated that can perform?

      DiaRisGodo! Give us our semi-illiterate Jackboot and clear that place of the “PhD” holding elite nincompoop. AMEN

      FOR SOME OF US WE WILL SETTLE FOR A GROUNDNUT SELLER THAN THE OGOGORO MASTER. ARE YOU EVEN SURE THE OGOGORO MASTER KNOWS THE MEANING (Confederation)?

    • Seki

      Why do you Easterners delude yourself, the cause of the civil war was the killing of the political leaders from the North by IBO soldiers who claimed they planned a coup and only killed political leaders from the North and West, leaving all leaders from the East and what you call genocide was actually retaliatory. Secondly, please google the list of participants at the Aburi conference and you would understand the lie that Gowon did not know the meaning g of confederation, what happened at Aburi was that Gowon and all the other leaders that were at Aburi had agreed that a confederation of autonomous regions was beset for Nigeria, but upon consultation on his return, it was agreed by the western and northern leaders that federalism was a better option, and it is still a better option.

      So you mean that Buhari cannot read nor write, or is that not what illiteracy means, you idiots that plan no good for this nation should just go and hide your heads in shame, we have failed to defeat book haram because we have all chosen to play politics with it, we have not created a national ethos and ethics because you people were deluded into believing that you have a possibility of creating a Biafran state, in your dreams, what you don’t understand is that your stupidity has deprived yur people from participating in the mainstream of politics, apart from Ekwueme has any IBO man made any strong challenge for presidency.

      On the issue of quota system, the two groups that enjoy the benefits the most in this country are te Northeners and the Easterners. If the north needs 2 marks the east needs 4, because they are both educationally challenged compared to other parts.

  • HAMMER-JO

    Pastor Bakare you’ve tried but no thanks. You were doing very well until you came to your “PROPOSITIONAL ALTERNATIVES”; although I must admit that even before then you had me wondering why you had to declare where your political loyalties are. Its immaterial at this point. In any case any ALTERNATIVES THAT ALLOW MR. JONATHAN TO REMAIN IN POWER ONE DAY AFTER HIS IMMINENT DEFEAT BY MAY 29 2015 IS NOT AN OPTION BUT A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN. YOUR THESIS IS CUMBERSOME AND CONFUSING AND NOT AN ALTERNATIVE AT ALL. COME ON, YOU SERIOUSLY THINK MR. JONATHAN CAN DO AS LAME DUCK PRESIDENT WHAT HE HAS WOEFULLY FAILED TO DO AS A PRESIDENT WITH FULL MANDATE??? WHERE IS HE GOING TO GET THE CAPACITY FROM–HE WILL STILL NEED TO THINK INTELLIGENTLY AND ACT COURAGEOUSLY AND PATRIOTICALLY EVEN AS HEAD OF INTERIM GOVERNMENT RIGHT? PASTOR BAKARE NICE TRY BUT NO NO AND NO INTERIM ANYTHING WITH JONATHAN AS HEAD OF IT.

  • Short ‘n Sharpe

    Pastor Tunde Bakare,

    Your discursive efforts are appreciated but they won’t cut it.
    More time is not the answer to Nigeria’s current Jihadist crisis.
    Because there’s no time-limit for Boko Haram’s Islamic Jihad.

    It is no answer that an election be postponed to fight Boko Haram.
    An election to select just two persons has no effect on Boko Haram.
    Government comprises over 100,000 personnel – not just two persons.
    Key as a president and a vice president are, they are no bar to election.

    • Aso Rock

      “General Muhammadu Buhari has no vision. The only thing that has been told to us,

      not even by General Buhari, but by other people, is that Buhari has integrity and that

      he is honest and incorruptible – which are also not true. At the appropriate time,

      these issues will be taken up.”

      ……….Doyin Okupe

      [December 15th, 2014]

      • Ugbo

        In my own opinion, illiteracy is NOT the CHANGE we need in 21st century Nigeria.
        Muhammadu Buhari does not therefore occur to me as a viable option or candidate.

  • adewuyi

    Well done and thank you my dear pastor.

    But let’s not over dramatize this issue because it is very simple. Nigerians have opted for a democratic system of government, which simply means the people choose their government through the ballot paper at agreed intervals.

    So why do simple things get so complicated in Nigeria? Dowe have to suspend democracy because a regime is about to face the people’s verdict? Can we count the number of countries conducting elections on a regular
    basis on this same planet earth?

    What kind of creatures is Jonathan, Buhari, Obasanjo, Bode George, Tinubu, and other members of the Nigerian political class? What do these people really want? They write the national constitution, they undermine
    it, They write their party’s constitution, they cannot obey it. They sign agreements among themselves and cannot keep them. They keep overheating the polity and precipitating crisis after crisis leading to loss of millions of
    innocent Nigerian lives. For me, the Nigerian political class is worse than the Boko Haram or any terrorist group because their ways lead to the same end – destroying the lives of innocent people including children and women. They should please leave us alone to get on with our lives!

    My Beloved Pastor, by taking positions like yours, though well intentioned, i think we are over indulging the political class. For how long will the so called leaders continue to act irresponsibly. Are they leaders or babies? What on earth do they want – unbridled power and access to national resources, jets, houses, personal vaults filled with billions of dollars they did not earn? They should know they are cursed already with this ill gotten loots. Otherwise, why do they keep desiring for more with all they have already.

    I repeat – the present situation is simple. Heaven should not fall if Mr Jonathan or any political contestant wins or loses. Mr Jonathan has no choice but to give us a credible election this year. Nigerians are not begging him for this. It is his
    duty, it is our right, and one of the major reasons Nigerian tax payers have paid his salary and allowances in the last six years or so.

    Let me conclude by directing this American saying to the Nigerian political class –
    you lead, or follow, or get out of the way.

  • Tony Dada

    Interesting article. Deep root cause analysis and aptly articulated way forward probable solutions. Well written and delivered. No one in this government of the day can be this strategic in identifying our problems as a nation and charting the way forward. They will rather revel in their grocery styled economics bereft of noetic acuteness. They will rather mudsling others and throw tantrums at anyone who critics and attempts to proffer alternatives. They are extremely narcissistic, self praising and egotistic. They thrive on stirring baseless ethno religious fulmination and diatribe.

    Corruption is their main watchword. They even boast of their lack of will to fight corruption at political rallies. How shameful; how low can they go? They are reassured that most of their supporters they have kept impoverished for years will not see through their gaffes as long as stomach infrastructure is made available. They brandish half baked achievements with nominal or insignificant impact on the populace. Where lies strategic vision?

    They intend to borrow heavily through 2015 to service their proposed budget. I can go on and on. Change is imminent!

    God bless you for this article.

  • Adebola Misturah Martins-Bello

    Nice Piece here and inciteful. This is a wake up call for all stakeholders in health to work more on measuring the outcomes of health projects to make more meaning of the funds either through national budgets or global funding.
    Health Delivery with impact and Values to the people, by the people and for the people is the real HEALTH FOR ALL in Nigeria.
    God bless Nigeria