.Says God ’’ll Reveal Time In 2018
By Ajiola Abayomi
January 14, 2018.
Not given up on his presidential ambition, Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos has declared that his desire could come to pass without election.
Beaming with confidence, the Pastor said he was destined to lead the nation into prophetic destiny and called for re-negotiation of Nigeria’s unity across the six geo-political zones.
When probed further on the timing of his presidency by TheLead Online, he simply said, “that will be accomplished by God according to His calendar and time.”
But when will God actaulise that since He asked you (Bakare) to run for presidency or are you saying that since you claimed President Mummadu Buhari’s government has failed on anti-corruption, job creation and security, he should be voted out of power in 2019?
Hear him, “every government that failed in those three areas should be voted out anywhere not just Nigeria. If a government has failed to provide employment, security and fight corruption, such government should pack up.”
So when will God tell you to contest since you have a 10-year programme to turn around the nation,“ all that will be sorted out sometimes in 2018. God is not all that patient about that.
Those are his words after delivering a speech on the state of the nation at his church on Sunday during a press briefing.
He began: “My heartfelt condolences go to the families and communities in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas in Benue State who began the year in grief because of the murderous activities of heartless criminals.
“I pray that they, and every hurting Nigerian, will experience the comforting hand of God and find the fortitude to hope for a happy and joyous year in 2018.”
Setting the record straight on his earlier comment that God has asked him to run for presidency, the pastor said: “ I did say that, while waiting on God, the Spirit of God said to me: “Politics is not over for you. There is still one thing left for you to do: Run for President…I will work it out myself and make it happen in due course.
“Nowhere in that declaration did I mention running for election. It is, however, not surprising that politicians and the politically-minded have interpreted it as such.
“I am indeed running, but not for elections; it is a race of destiny and the destination is certain. The certainty of this destination is reminiscent of the statement Jesus made before Pilate.”
Bakare went on to quote the Book of John 18:37 (NKJV), saying “Pilate therefore said to Him (Jesus), Are you a king then? Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.
My unequivocal response remains, to this end I was born, and for this purpose I came into the world: To lead Nigeria into her prophetic destiny. It will happen in due course, in God’s way, and in God’s time.
“Some may ask, how then can it happen, if not by elections?” My simple response is that there are biblical precedents, including the stories of Joseph, David, Nehemiah and Daniel; there are also historical precedents, including the case of George Washington whose unanimous election was merely an endorsement.
“And Gerald Ford who, under the terms of the 25th Amendment, took the oath as Vice President on December 6, 1973, and, following the resignation of President Richard Nixon, was inaugurated as the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974, without a single election.
“If God leads me to serve my nation by election into political office, I state boldly that I will accept it with all my heart, in the year 2011, when the opportunity came to be running mate to then General Muhammadu Buhari, God said to me, You are walking on a path that I have mapped out for you” Bakare said.
He further explained that: “In His wisdom, God knew that phase of His plan was not going to lead to election victory, but it was a crucial phase of His plan, and I dare say that the dress rehearsal was worth it. As God unfolds the next phase, my response to Him is simply, “Here I am. Send me.
“The important point to note is that it is my destiny to shepherd this nation into her prophetic destiny, and the time is at hand. The method by which God intends to do it is up to Him. I am neither flagging off an election campaign nor building political alliances.
“For the cynics who query the authority and audacity by which I speak of my assignment to Nigeria, let me remind them of the statement by Papa Chief Obafemi Awolowo before the High Court on September 11, 1963, just before he was sentenced to prison for treasonable felony:
“It is, therefore, with a brave heart, with confident hope, and with faith in my unalterable destiny, that I go from this twilight into the darkness, unshaken in my trust in the Providence of God that a glorious dawn will come on the morrow
“…I…will not die in prison…I am confident that the ideals of social justice and individual liberty which I hold dear will continue to be projected beyond the prison walls and bars until they are realized in our lifetime.”
“History later justified these bold claims. Shortly after his release from prison, he became the Federal Commissioner for Finance and Vice Chairman of the Federal Executive Council in the Gowon administration (today’s equivalent of Vice President and Minister of Finance rolled into one)” the optimistic cleric noted.