2019: Nigeria heading towards instability – Bakare

The serving overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that the country is in precarious times and heading towards probable instability except the political atmosphere is managed with utmost wisdom. Speaking over the weekend in Glasgow, Scotland, where he delivered a lecture with the title: Transforming Political Dynamics in Africa: The Role of the Diaspora, Bakare said the only way to reengineer Nigeria is to successfully implement pragmatic steps towards restructuring.

The event was organised by the African Forum Scotland and Association of Nigerians in Scotland (ANISCO). He noted that: “Unknown to many observers, in 2015, following the lifting of the embargo, I worked closely behind the scenes with the two leading candidates in the presidential elections at the time, then President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP and General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, towards ensuring that the election results were upheld and that the transition was smooth. “I saw at close quarters how the fate of a nation could hang on a single decision.

Therefore, believe me when I tell you that we escaped disintegration by a whisker. “Now, four years after that escape, our nation is once again headed on a collision course with probable instability unless the tense atmosphere associated with our four-year electocratic insanity is managed with utmost wisdom.

“Once again, I have found myself in the inner workings of the chaotic political process and I can tell you that we live in precarious times. How long can our nation stand if we continue along this path? “Is it not time to address the foundations once and for all? What, then, is the way forward and what is the role of the Diaspora?” he queried. Lamenting the gale of defections in the country by politicians, the 2011 running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari said: “The endless cross-carpeting that sees politicians swing from one political party to another like pendulums is a pointer to how ideologically hollow our political landscape is.

“The situation calls for Nigerians at home to team up with Nigerians in the diaspora in order to midwife the emergence of political platforms that exude integrity, distinct ideologies, an uncompromising commitment to the wellbeing of Nigerians, and an unfailing belief in the Nigerian Dream.” Berating the succession plan of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007, Bakare said: “One would have thought that this brilliant team that oversaw the Nigerian dimension of “Africa Rising” would be given priority in the succession plan of then President Obasanjo.

“Instead, after a botched third term agenda, the Obasanjo administration bequeathed to Nigeria a legacy of lame and limping successor governments that first sunk Nigeria into a constitutional crisis and then oversaw the plundering of the nation’s wealth in a freefor- all corruption jamboree.”

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