Nigerians on social media have taken turns to react to a tweet made by investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, about 2023 presidential hopeful, Pastor Tunde Bakare.
Soyombo tagged Bakare as a man of integrity following the latter’s declaration to contest for the 2023 Presidential election in Nigeria.
I'm happy to see Pastor Tunde Bakare join the 2023 presidential race.
Men of integrity cannot continue hiding in the background, away from politics. One after the other, they should be stepping forward.
— 'Fisayo Soyombo (@fisayosoyombo) May 5, 2022
Ripples Nigeria had reported on Thursday that the clergyman had purchased his nomination from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) for N100milion.
Many Nigerians were not in support of Soyombo’s branding of Bakare as a man of integrity, especially as the clergyman was among persons that pushed for the controversial incumbent government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that Bakare was the running mate of Buhari in the 2011 Nigerian presidential election, which former President Goodluck Jonathan won.
The tweet from the former editor of The Cable and founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has since generated heated reactions from Nigerians in the social media space.
It's good to see Pastor Tunde Bakare join the 2023 presidential race.
During his 60th birthday, Bakare rejected a birthday gift of Rolls Royce (allegedly from president Jonathan).
Men of integrity cannot continue hiding in the background, away from politics. We need them now!
— Olayemi 🇳🇬 (@olayemi_123) May 5, 2022
I don't understand the reason behind the logic of people persecuting Pastor Tunde Bakare for purchasing APC presidential candidate form. Should men if integrity and character continue to avoid public office because of your damaged mentality that all politicians are corrupt?
— BAT2023 (@StudyCofactor) May 6, 2022
Mentioning Pastor Tunde Bakare as a man of integrity is an insult to people who really have such virtue. https://t.co/pnfkRihYLS
— Emeka Nnadozie (@ChNnadozie) May 6, 2022
The word integrity has lost his meaning under buhari's government. Tunde Bakare's integrity is just like that of Buhari, it doesn't exist
— Kindly Follow Back (@Naijadailyfeedx) May 5, 2022
Fisayo called Tunde Bakare “a man of integrity”.🤣🤣
One thing about Nigeria and certain words, the meaning changes the moment it flies into our air space.
— theonly1acre (@theonly1acre) May 5, 2022
He said Pastor Tunde Bakare is a man of integrity and people are surprised?
Isn’t Buhari Mr. integrity and the yardstick?
— ED (@Edirined) May 6, 2022
Wow. Considering Tunde Bakare a man of integrity should actually make people question your own integrity. https://t.co/1GpSLx0ylP
— Edu Montee (@edumontee) May 6, 2022
The word integrity has lost his credibility under buhari's government.
Tunde Bakare's integrity doesn't exist.
You are a disgrace Fasiyo Soyombo. https://t.co/DfOmL8ZxUH
— SLYBABA3 SUSPENDED, HUSTLE RESPECT,LOYALTY (@EqualRightAutos) May 6, 2022
Maybe you’re defining integrity too narrowly.
I used to be a Bakare fan but his track record of “political Christianity”, unrelenting self promotion and hypocritical attacks on other pastors has cooled my ardour.
Integrity is bigger than taking liberties with money.
— Paul C Nwabuikwu (@paul_nwabuikwu) May 6, 2022
Boss ! If Tunde Bakare is man of integrity , then nothing is left of this country https://t.co/51yMMA3fkB
— Chukwudi Suskin Uzodimma🐅 (@ChudiSuskin) May 5, 2022
By Ben Ugbana and Hamzat Rasheed
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