he overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, CGCC, Pastor Tunde Bakare, envisaged a new Nigeria after the forthcoming general elections.
Bakare, who is also the convener of the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, stated this during his State of the Nation address, which also doubled as his New Year message, at the church headquarters in Lagos.
Bakare paid tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes for the supreme sacrifice which they paid to ensure Nigeria’s unity.
He also commended the military officers on the field for their gallantry in the fight against terrorism and other forms of criminality in the country.
The former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said that Nigeria is going into the forthcoming elections with issues that are challenging.
He believes that the fact that the three leading candidates for president are drawn from the nation’s three largest ethnic groups says much about how God will create a new Nigeria by shining His light in the midst of all-pervasive darkness.
“The election will serve as a reminder of a generational change of some kind because it will take place 30 years after the unsuccessful June 12 elections.
“God has appeared in all of His majesty to remake Nigeria into a brand-new nation that people can be proud of once more. The time for divisive leaders who exploit the nation is over, he said, according to NAN.
The cleric urged Nigerians to be vigilant as he discussed the possibility that some politicians may try to rig the upcoming elections.
But he was pleased that none of the presidential contenders had any military experience, saying that this was good for the country’s democracy.
The difference between politics and governance, according to Bakare, is in the provision of services for the benefit of the general welfare. Bakare urged Nigerians to vote based on personalities rather than sentiments.
He referred to the upcoming general elections as “Nigeria wins” polls while pleading for Nigeria.