Tunde Bakare: God told me to run for president
The founder of Lagos-based church, Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has announced that God has told him to run for the post of Nigerian president.
The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said God has told him not to end his political career as he had earlier contemplated.
Specifically, Bakare, who contested as the vice-presidential candidate on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election, said God told him to run for the Presidency.
The Lagos-based cleric spoke in the early hours of Monday during the watch night service at the Latter Rain Assembly in the Ogba area of Lagos.
Giving a rundown of the 12 major things he said God had revealed to him would happen in 2018, Bakare explained that God had not told him when the “appointed time” to run for the presidency would be.
“This twelfth one is a difficult one for me. It may draw excitement or condemnation. I have tried my best to keep it (to myself) but the Holy Spirit will not allow me to do so.
“In my study around 4am on Sunday morning, God told me ‘you cannot bring your political career to a close; there is still more to do. Run for the Presidency. I will do it at the appointed time,” the pastor added.
Bakare declared that he was unfazed by the daunting task that his aspiration might pose, expressing confidence that once the Lord had spoken, it was left for God to perform it.
“Joseph (in the Bible) did not contest an election; yet, he became the prime minister of Egypt. Why must I worry myself about where to get the resources for the task? Your own duty in this assignment is to pray along with me. When it is the appointed time, He (God) will do it. When He tells me the time, you will hear about it,” he stated.
Bakare added that most of the “political juggernauts” in the country would fall “at the feet of women in 2018.”
Though he did not mention names, the cleric said some of those seen at the moment as among the most powerful in Nigeria’s political space, would be “replaced.”
“In 1998, I told you that I saw your President dying between two women. Did it happen? I’m telling you again: some of these political juggernauts will fall at the feet of women and you will see it happen,” he said.
The pastor declared that 2018 would be a year when women would break barriers in most fields of human endeavours both in Nigeria and globally.
He explained that women would be in the forefront of most policy making decisions while also dictating the pace in the boardroom.
WHO IS TUNDE BAKARE?
Bakare was born November 11, 1954 in Ogun state, southwest, Nigeria. Two year after his birth, he lost his father and was primarily raised by his mother, Abigail Eebudola Bakare, who clocked 108 in 2016.
He attended Lisabi Grammar School, Abeokuta, before moving on to University of Lagos, to study law, at a time Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was studying the same course at the same school.
According to Bakare, he had a vision of Obafemi Awolowo, premiere of the western region, in his very early years, which highlighted his assignment as a preacher and a voice in Nigeria.
A FAN OF AWOLOWO, WHO LEARNT LAW PRACTICE FROM FAWEHINMI
Speaking during his 60th birthday in Lagos, Bakare had said “Chief Obafemi Awolowo was my personal hero. I grew up idolizing this colossus of a man who to me was the quintessence of leadership”.
“On April 10, 1967, as a ten year old, I had a dream in which I was on a mountaintop seated between Chief Obafemi Awolowo and the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon. In this rather mysterious encounter, we were discussing the future of this nation. After that experience, a seed of destiny was deposited in me which, though I did not fully understand at the time, I could not deny or shake away,” he had said.
Upon graduation from the university, Bakare worked with Gani Fawehinmi, the late human right activist and “senior advocate of the masses”. He also worked with Rotimi Williams, a respected lawyer, before setting up his law firm in 1984.
He predicted the outcome of the 1993 elections and warned that Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, who won the election will be killed if care was not taken.
Bakare also predicted the death of Sanni Abacha in at the Conference of Prophetic and Apostolic Churches (COPAC) in 1998. The head of state died a few months later.
He spoke fiercely against the government of Olusegun Obasanjo, and was arrested in 2002 by the state security service (now DSS), and was released in less than 24 hours after he was picked up.
The fiery preacher contested alongside Muhammadu Buhari, the incumbent president in 2011, but both men lost the elections.
Bakare is the serving overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and the convener of the Save Nigeria Group.