I’ll Run For President If God, Nigerians Say I Should - Pastor Bakare Says After Meeting Buhari


The founder of Citadel Global Community Church (formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that it does not matter where the next President comes from as long as the President can deliver good governance.

This is as he voiced his support for the electronic transmission of votes in the 2023 elections and subsequent ones, saying it will protect eligible voters from disenfranchisement.

Bakare said this on Friday after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Bakare, who in 2011 was the running mate of Buhari on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change, was scheduled for a 12-noon meeting with the President in his office.

Despite his previous close political affiliation with Buhari, the clergyman had in recent times castigated his regime.

Speaking with State House Correspondents after the meeting, he said the visit was to “dispense what was in my heart” to the President.

Asked whether he would contest the 2023 presidential election, he said he would, only if God and Nigerians want him to.

Bakare added, “Every Nigerian, who is of age and who is not disqualified by any means, is free. I’m a nation builder, if God wants me to do that, and the people of Nigeria will appreciate that, why not? I’m as free as anybody to do anything with my time. I’ve pastored a church for 33 years, now we raise new leaders. I want to focus on nation-building.

“The Office of the President is only one office, there are so many other things we can do as people to support whoever is there to make sure that we do not go into retrogression, but begin to make steady progress as a people. I’ve already communicated clearly, my future plans to Mr. President, and it stays between us.”

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