Outspoken Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has condemned religious leaders who have been visiting President Muhammadu Buhari without using the opportunity to tell him the truth.
He lamented that the religious leaders only go there to seek for photo opportunity as fears do not allow them to speak truth to power.
According to the pastor, Nigerians must speak truth to power and put aside what he called the culture of hypocrisy.
He spoke at the thanksgiving service of Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Abuja, to mark its 16th year anniversary.
Bakare, who was the vice presidential running mate to President Buhari in 2011, accused the religious leaders of failing to take advantage of their visits to President Muhammadu Buhari to convey the true feelings of the people about the perceived excesses of those in power.
“When Samuel (in the Bible) entered the city, the king trembled but when some pastors visit Aso Villa, they are the ones shaking. All they want is photo opportunity (with the President),” he said.
While quoting from the Books of Genesis 6:12 and Phil 4:10 – 14 and 18, Bakare insisted that the problem of corruption was not peculiar to Nigeria. He however reasoned that the solution to the challenge must be people-driven.
“There is so much corruption in this country. But show me a country in the world which has no corruption. What is the solution? We are the answer to the dilemma of Nigeria but we keep playing church. We are the reason Nigeria is the way it is. You and I are responsible,” he said.
He also explained that there are internal hostilities in the country because certain individuals believe they are superior to the rest of the people.
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