Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has said that Nigeria needs a president who is young and energetic, even as he blamed circumstances within the polity as reason elders now rule the country.
Bakare stated this on Sunday during a press conference after his morning sermon entitled, “The birth pangs of a new Nigeria”.
He said at the event that election of 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron as president of France tells of a global paradigm shift in leadership of nations.
“If you want to know whether the President (Muhammadu Buhari) is getting better and recovering, I said in the course of that message – he’s on the sure path to recovery. Give him time. Niger Republic has not seen their president for a while.
“Nigeria needs an energetic leader but the circumstances of our polity have brought us to where we are that the same country that the likes of (Yakubu) Gowon ruled at the age of 30 is now considering people in their 60s and 70s to administer it,” he said.
He added, “What happened in France recently is a clear sign that there is going to be a change of guards almost worldwide. But let ’s accept our own thing and resolve our issues with wisdom.
“The man in the intensive care unit and the doctor treating him or wishing him dead, you don’t know who will die first (between the two of them). If God sent Isaiah back to go and tell Hezekiah that He was adding 15 years to his life, He is the only one who can do what He wills to do. Nobody should wish another person dead. We should just pray, because you would put Nigeria in disaster.”
He further said that nature abhorred vacuum and that leadership vacuum often gives room for the likes of Adonijah and Absalom of the Bible to have a field day.
75-year-old Buhari has been in and out of a London hospital over an unknown ailment, and is presently in the U.K for follow up treatment.
Bakare was a vice presidential candidate and running mate to Buhari during the 2011 presidential election under the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), but they lost the election to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
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