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Tunde Bakare Tasks Nigerians On Nation Building, Warns About The Dangers of Ethnic Sentiments In Politics



As the 2023 presidential election draws nearer, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has urged Nigerians to ignore politics based on ethnicity or religion but to put priority on nation building.

Pastor Bakare disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Sunday at Oregun, Ojota in Lagos State.

The cleric, while reacting to the Muslim- Muslim presidential ticket of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, urged Christian leaders to learn from past mistakes of not participating in politics.

He charged the Christian leaders to bring all the candidates and their running mates across the political parties in the country to the negotiation table with an open mind to discuss and agree on a way for nation-building and national development.

“Going forward, ahead of 2023, we must learn from our mistakes. Christian leaders must, at this point, bring the candidates and their running mates to the negotiation table, doing so with an open mind and based on a clearly articulated charter for nation-building and national development.

Bakare said, “this moment calls for every Nigerian, from the North, South, East and West, to renew our commitment to nationhood, building upon what worked in the time of our founding fathers, while learning from their mistakes and imperfections as we build a more perfect union.”

According to him, such strategic engagements would be reminiscent of the interventions of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG) in 2010 when it engaged then-presidential candidates on the basis of the SNG Charter, A Contract to Save and Transform Nigeria, saying that Christian leaders in Nigeria should interrogate the candidates for development and convene a strategic concourse to define the minimum standards across sectors of governance below which no Nigerian, Christian or Muslim, must be subjected.

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Bakare added that the parley must be held before September when the campaigns would officially commence.
He called on the Christians in Northern Nigeria who feel marginalized by the choice of a Northern Muslim as running mate, to note that the time had come to upgrade the conversation from politics to governance.

“Christian leaders must then carefully engage each presidential candidate and running mate based on that charter and provide a unified direction to the body of Christ in Nigeria having assessed each presidential/vice-presidential ticket based on key performance indicators around the Charter.

“This would be a more mature, structured and strategic way to respond to the situation as against the emotional reactions that have dominated the polity since the choice of a running mate was made by the APC presidential candidate.

Bakare added, “It is time to interrogate the impact of politics on development. In this regard, key questions must be asked: What will the candidates do to change the social, economic and political landscapes in Northern Nigeria to ensure the emergence of an enlightened electorate that will make political decisions not based on religion or region but on rational indices of character, competence, capacity and policy?”

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