Serving overseer of The Citadel Global Community Church, formerly Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, said that those opposing the restructuring of Nigeria, are enemies of the country.
Bakare said this ,during a state of the nation broadcast at his church auditorium in Lagos adding that restructuring is not an attack on the Nigerian state . He said , ‘’ show me one person who does not want restructuring and I will show you the enemies of Nigeria.”
He also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive steps in tackling insecurity, the dwindling economy and anti-corruption.
Bakare said: “The consensus by major stakeholders in Nigeria is that the country is in a state of emergency. Nigeria has two fundamental problems: one is nationhood, while the other is statehood.
He also stated that Nigeria is in a state of emergency over a series of security challenges ranging from terrorism to banditry, kidnapping to militancy, cultism to human trafficking among several others.
Pastor Bakare recalled that when President Buhari took office in 2015, he promised to tackle corruption, tackle insecurity and fix the nation’s economy.
“Fellow Nigerians, you may recall that as PMB took the oath of office during his first term in office, he summed up his election campaign promises in three pivotal agendas, namely: Security, Anti-Corruption & Eco Diversification with a focus on job creation.
“However, the first term saw the Buhari administration grapple with the collapse in oil prices and Nigeria’s 1st recession in about 25 yrs. Despite the false starts, the administration succeeded in bringing Nigeria out of recession and made some gains in security, job creation and anti-corruption.
“On security, the administration of President Buhari continued the military assault on Boko Haram that had commenced at the end of the term of his predecessor.
“We recall the PMB’s first bold move when he ordered the relocation of the Command Control Centre from Abuja to Borno. By December 2015, the government declared Boko Haram “technically defeated” and unable to mount conventional attacks against hard or soft targets.
“On anti-corruption: PMB took commendable steps in the fight against corruption at the beginning of his administration , including the attempt to plug the loopholes in the system through the Treasury Single Account (TSA) intervention.
“In 2016, Nigeria received its highest scorecard so far in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index.
“On job creation, at the beginning of his administration, President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on large-scale skill development through the N-Power programme. Under this scheme, hundreds of thousands were empowered.”
I am compelled to speak out because the state of the nation does not represent the Buhari I knew when we took that solemn journey towards rebuilding Nigeria, he said.