Tunde Bakare is among the most controversial gospel ministers in Nigeria-this man who goes by title of a pastor, is obviously, by calling, a prophet of church and national revival. Tunde Bakare, a former legal adviser in Deeper Life Church, later became a pastor in Pastor Adeboye’s Redeemed Christian Church of God until he left under controversial circumstances. Bakare is not the type of prophets who sees visions of colour of women’s underwear and the bank details of his congregations in GTB, UBA or even Chase Manhattan Bank. His prophetic prediction is sometimes faulty due to poor analysis of pieces of spiritual information- even Apostle Peter misinterpreted the time of the coming of Jesus Christ; therefore, a prophet who is in a hurry to release information of global nature might misinterpret the vision. This is the problem with Bakare’s prohecies.
Tunde Bakare is not an acclaimed seer, he obviously is not gifted in Words of Wisdom or Words of Knowledge, the type you may see when Adeboye ministers in Redeemed Christian Church of God or Odukoya preaches in Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry, however, this man has an unusual understanding of the times and seasons ( like the sons of Issachar) and as such through the tones of his speech, one can discern the mind of God concerning the nation and the church.
In March 1999, Tunde Bakare told a stunned nation that President-elect Olusegun Obasanjo would be killed by the military before the May 29th handover date. According to the prophesy that was credited to him, Bakare said that “In a vision I eavesdropped on the conversation going on in heaven. I saw Jesus on the throne called the seat of Governor and the subject they were discussing was Nigeria. This was what came out of the lips of the Lord. ‘Rejoice not oh land, or your joy is temporary. For I am bringing your judges and your rulers, your priests and your prophets to my threshing floor. I will judge Saul and his comrades and after I have finished, I will restore to you a permanent joy. Obasanjo is not your messiah. He is King Agag and the prophetic axe will fall upon his head before May 29.’
And I asked Lord, how are you going to judge Saul and what has he done? God said: ‘I sent him on an assignment to overtake, to recover, and to demolish but he didn’t. He spared the fat calves, he spared the big sheep and he brought Agag back to Jerusalem. I will judge Saul and his comrades and after I have finished my purging, then your joy will be permanent.”
Eventually, Obasanjo was sworn in on the 29th of May 1999 and was never assassinated until he handed over to late president Umaru Yar’adua. However, I do recollect that following Pastor Bakare’s prophecies, Obasanjo set up two groups of prayer teams in Otta Farms, a women’s exclusive group and a general group, all interceding that the transition to civil rule be not truncated by soldiers. During the same period, Obasanjo ran to Pastor Adeboye’s Redeemed Camp for spiritual fortification. He also ran to Primate Olabayo to deliver him from Bakare’s prophecies and there are reports that he also embarked on a seven day fast. At the end the military were eased off without bloodshed.
Was Bakare’s prophecy false- I
do not think so? I believe that his interpretation of the vision and implications was faulty. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh
and declare the judgments of destruction from God on the inhabitants, the Ninevites repented at the preaching of Jonah and God told his prophet that He has averted the catastrophe He intended for that nation- and this u-turn made Jonah very angry. I believe that Bakare had understanding that something evil is about to occur in the land but while he foreclosed the possibilities of redemption, other prophets, pastors and prayer warriors heeded his warnings and used the power of intercession to avert the calamity.
However, earlier in 1993, he prophesied on Abiola’s death, asking sarcastically, “Is there no old man in MKO’s house to restrain him because once he begins, he will not come out alive?” Some pastors in Sokoto still remember that he prophesied the humiliation of the caliphate in 1995 when he first visited.
According to Bakare ”1995 is the year of the unprecedented
humiliation of the Sokoto caliphate. Its influence in the sociopolitical setup of Nigeria will not only wane, it will die. This (the then) Sultan will not be there by the end of the year” In that same year, General Sanni Abacha deposed Dasuki as the Sultan of Sokoto.
Tunde Bakare is a prophet of national and church rebirth. He is angry for the state of Nigeria just as prophets Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah cried for the spiritual fallen state of Israel. They also challenged the Governments of the day and condemned evil in the land. Therefore, Bakare is fulfilling his calling. He is in the forefront of a new generation of pastors who are no more ready to tolerate profligacy that has brought poverty on the nation. This is the prophetic ministry dimension of Tunde Bakare. Listening to his TV program, a pattern of a prophet burdened about the fallen state of the church and the corrupt state of the nation is easily discernible. He tries to educate his audience on the demands of integrity and leadership with a view to changing the mindset of a generation from consumption mentality to productive mindset.
Tunde Bakare has only one church, Later Rain Assembly, Lagos; however, it is discernible that hundreds of thousands of Nigerians listen to his Television preachment from all walks of life, including Muslims. He seldom dwells on prosperity, rather Christian maturity, responsibility and leadership seems to be the central theme of his message, with occasional bashing of the government of the day for ineptitude. Therefore, a drifting state like Nigeria needs the prophetic irritating voice of the likes of Bakare in order not to fall into a state of Armageddon.
Tunde Bakare became the running mate to the leader of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the most popular Muslim politician in Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2011 presidential polls. A lot of Christians and prominent pastors berated Bakare for teaming up with a Muslim fundamentalist, describing him as a saboteur. However, these pastors do not find any problem that Ekwueme ( Christian) teamed up with Shagari (Muslim) in 1979 and 1983, and that Jonathan ( Christian) teamed up with Yaradua( Muslim) in 2007, and they have no problem with Diya ( Christian) being deputy to maximum dictator, Abacha (Muslim) but because it is controversial Bakare, everybody must complain.
It is obvious that Muhammadu Buhari have been so entrapped by the sincerity of this Christian clergyman that he defied the advice of northern elders and Muslim Ulamas and picked Bakare, a Muslim convert to Christianity, as his running mate. This is the type of influence Bakare is wielding, able to create a cross religious trust in a nation polarized along religious lines. The last thing an average Nigerian Muslim wants is a preacher of the gospel as a deputy or running mate, but Bakare have broken that barrier. No wonder I know a lot of Muslims who personally told me that they listen to his preaching on Television every Sunday while a few confessed to me that they’ve sneaked to attend his church service at one time or the other.
As a church revival prophet, Tunde Bakare’s programmes with other denominations are always geared towards sanitizing the churches which have derailed from the message of salvation to the message of empire building and stomach enlargement. I attended one of them in Sokoto some years back and noticed that pastors, after the conference, went back to their churches and started a revival process. I noticed the same pattern in Enugu quite earlier when some pastors went back to the gospel roots after one of his visitations.
Tunde Bakare condemns pastors who make their wives automatic pastors and Deputy General Overseers. He also condemns pastors who hang around political office holders without telling them the truth. He condemns turning every day of the week into church service without time for people to practice what they were taught. Above all, he wants the church to return to its Apostolic roots.
However, as a prophet, I have areas where I disagree with Bakare. He has variously condemned the use of anointed oil, anointed handkerchief, Holy Communion, communion of sprinkling, Shiloh sacrifice among others which some other denominations use as faith extenders. For instance, Winners Chapel uses anointing oil, mantle, blood of sprinkling, feet washing ; Redeemed Church uses anointing oil, anointed handkerchief; Mountain of Fire uses anointed oil; Catholics uses holy oil for ordination, confirmation and extreme unction and uses holy water frequently. Catholics reserve feet washing for Chrism Mass. The Bible states in Mark 6 vs 13 “And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” . Also in James 5 vs 14-15 the Apostle enjoined thus ”Is any sick among you? let him call for the
the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him”.
The handkerchiefs of Paul was used to heal the sick, Acts 19 vs 11-20 states that “God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” As an itinerant missionary to some interior regions of Nigeria and Africa, I have personally encountered emergency darkness, demonic attacks, evil operations and occultist manipulations and it took the application of some of these faith extenders, as dictated by the Spirit, to contain some life threatening situations. Therefore, Bakare’s position on these things is not based on revelation. However, the elevation of anointing oil, handkerchiefs, etc as substitute for the Spirit of God working in a Christian, producing faith for exploits, is highly condemnable, and if that
is what Bakare meant,
then he is in order.
Tunde Bakare is a prophet kept by God to ensure that the church and the nation do not slide into destruction. He is fulfilling his ministry. The likes of Rev Martin Luther King, Rev Jesse Jackson are activist pastors whose prophetic voice of resistance contributed in no small ways to the liberation of the black America from bondage and discrimination and set the US on the pedestal of being the symbol of democracy and equality, especially with the emergency of Barrack Obama as the first African American president.
Other pastors and prophets who have similar callings with Bakare should come out of hiding and rise to the occasion, lend a voice in redeeming the nation, region, zones , states and local councils from years of corrupt leaderships .
Tunde Bakare certainly has his excesses but he needs our prayers and support to succeed in this agenda of being a prophetic voice of church revival and national rebirth.
Who Will Explain Coronavirus To Buhari?
Coronavirus (COVID-19), an exorable doom, threatens life on the planet. It is exorable because it is conquerable. This explains why world leaders are taking the charge to combat this ominous apocalypse. It is a time for leadership from the fore-end; a time when citizens must hear their leaders speak to them; see them take action, making assurances and fulfilling those promises. The counsel, consolation and firm statement of a leader is imperative at this moment.
In Canada, Justin Trudeau, prime minister, despite being in self-isolation and his wife battling the virus after contracting it at a conference in the UK, is leading the fight against this dreaded disease from the fore. He is providing regular updates of the efforts of his government to roll back this scourge, listening and speaking to citizens.
In a popular broadcast on March 13, Justin spoke to citizens of Canada announcing measures to relieve the financial stress brought on by the pandemic on Canadians.
“We do not want any Canadian to have to worry about whether or not they’re going to be able to pay their rent, whether or not they’re going to be able to buy groceries, or care for their kids or elderly family members. We need to make sure that Canadians have the options and the ability to follow the best public health advice and keep themselves safe,” he said.
In the UK, Boris Johnson, prime minister, leads the struggle against coronavirus. He provides updates, alongside health experts, on the measures his government is taking to tackle the spread of the disease. And in the US, Donald Trump is not shying away from speaking to Americans on the virus.
As a matter of fact, President Muhammadu Buhari’s lapses are often easily dismissed by his supporters or by Nigerians who do not know better. Some of them say, ‘’ Why must the president speak when the minister of health and the NCDC DG are already doing that?” This is a contemptible rationalisation of incompetence. Are they suggesting the president lacks the capacitance to understand the issues?’’
Really, I surmise the president has been walled off the ‘’candid cameras’’ over the years by his handlers – not just now – because he lacks the intellectual propensity to understand and discuss incisive issues. The last presidential media chat he held was in 2015 and it was a woeful outing. Also, his non-choreographed media interviews have been abysmal to say the least.
The truth is the unfiltered Buhari is a vacuously gaffing one. On October 14, 2016, standing beside Angela Merkel, German chancellor, Buhari said his wife, Aisha, ‘’belonged in the kitchen and the other room’’, when he was asked to comment on the first lady’s criticism of his government.
On April 18, 2018, at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the president said the young citizens of the country he leads are lazy.
“More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” he said during a panel appearance with world leaders at the forum.
In a February 2016 interview with UK Telegraph, Buhari dropped another clanger. He said the young citizens of his country have a knack for criminality and should not be granted asylum in the UK.
With the Buhari experience, it is indubitable that Nigerians must place a high premium on education — not just certificate – in choosing their leaders. The cost of electing leaders who do not have the intellectual grit to understand and handle matters is far too high.
The senate has asked the president to speak to citizens on this threat, and Nigerians are also asking the president to speak to them. This is an abnormality. Citizens must not beg to hear from their president. But because it is Buhari involved here, we have to beg and even excuse the crass inefficiency and vacuity.
Perhaps, the president is still trying to get a hang of it. I think he has ‘’capable handlers’’ who can break it down to him in ABC.
Mr President, speak to your citizens. The words of a leader are more resounding and assuring than the blandishment of proxies.
PS: Let’s follow all health protocol as advised by the NCDC.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water.
• Cover your mouth and nose properly with handkerchief or tissue paper when sneezing and/or coughing. You may also cough into your elbow if a handkerchief is not available.
• Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
• Avoid self-medication, report to the nearest health facility when you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.
Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.
Sanusi: Once Upon An Emir, By Wole Olaoye
We are all potential Ex-es: ex-student, ex-director, ex-lecturer, ex-senator, ex-governor, ex-president, ex-oba, ex-emir…. The inimitable Zik famously reminded us when he had a spat with Ukpabi Asika that Ex was an inevitable prefix for any human being as was evidenced by the fact that a certain young man who would someday become an ex-Administrator, was the son of an ex-postmaster!
So, what’s so apocalyptic about Sanusi Lamido Sanusi joining the ranks of ex-potentates? Nothing? Everything! Don’t ever think that bell you are hearing is tolling for the former Emir of Kano. No. It could be signalling the beginning of a comprehensive demystification of traditional rulership by plebeians holding tenured political power. In centuries past, no plebeian messed with the traditional institution. The halo of nobility, the sheer vastness of a prince’s hereditary powers, rights and privileges, made the subject know his place.
Yesterday’s subjects are today’s political sovereign. They make no pretences to sophistication. They load a gun to kill a spider. When you dethrone a monarch and then deprive him of his liberty, forcefully banishing him to a place without electricity and potable water, you are playing god. If it was all a public relations Olympics, the calm dignity with which Sanusi handled the humiliation made people all over the world admire his chutzpa and hand him the gold medal. A
Life and its many puzzles! Why is it that for some men and women, “their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to fall”? What do you do about an ego that knows no satiation? As the Preacher in the Good Book timelessly says, “All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full… The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear content with hearing… there is nothing new under the sun”.
The Yoruba have a poem that says just that. “The horse struts and frets and then dies. Being a veteran walker is no immunity to getting lost. Nothing new under the sun. I’ve seen kings reduced to slaves; and servants who mounted the throne. Haven’t my eyes beheld both river and sea? Haven’t I seen a hunchback on spindly legs, and a midget climbing a ladder to add condiment to the soup pot? Tell me, has anyone ever started a building from the roof?
The new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, is a cousin of his predecessor. As royal intrigues go, when the dust is settled the sword will be sheathed and brother will embrace brother. That is the way of princes. Eventually, outsiders will realise that all they can ever be in palace politics is outsiders. Our very own Nobel prize winning Kongi was not amused by the scandalous extra-judicial detention of the former emir.
He put the emir’s travail down to his progressive stance: “Emir Sanusi was a one-man EFCC sanitisation squad in the banking system, taking on the powerful corrupters of that institution…. “Most important of all, and most pertinently for the nation, Sanusi was one of the early warning voices against religious extremism whose bitter fruits the nation is currently reaping….
The doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi. As for his current crowing Nemesis, a different kind of gates remain yawning to receive him when, as must, the days of governorship immunity finally come to an end.” Support for Sanusi is not limited to radical voices.
Veteran technocrat Alhaji Ahmed Joda penned a panegyric in support of the ex-emir: “The purpose of this letter to you is not to commiserate with you, because I know that you must have known the likely consequences of the principled position you have taken. The reality we must face in Northern Nigeria is that the evil forces of feudalism that have kept us in bondage for so long are still there and fighting. You have been the only voice that has been telling us this truth….”
It is easy to kick a man given a pin-fall by fate, or piss on the grave of a fallen warrior. Dead men don’t bite. Real friends show up when you are in life’s valley. Say what you will, I would rather have a friend like Nasir el Rufai when the chips are down. In the midst of all the turmoil, conspiracy theories have surfaced to the effect that the dethronement is but a political sleight-of-hand to propel Sanusi to Nigeria’s presidency in 2023. Caution! Let’s separate the issues. Political succession is totally different from fundamental human rights. Sanusi is not my next president.
My views on power rotation are well documented. The ex-emir will go down in history as a champion for the rights of the poorest of the poor. He advocated for a new Northern Nigeria where old backward practices such as the almajiri system and irresponsible parenting will be abandoned. His was the voice crying out in the desert, lift my people up from the cesspit of penury. The attempt to demonise him after dethronement through various allegations, including one on religious fundamentalism, is dead on arrival. The same fate will befall the vilification of El Rufai on account of his loyalty to Sanusi. Please quote me: Modern challenges can never be resolved with a resort to medieval solutions.
Christopher Hitchens’ Q&A may someday apply to the ex-Kings College boy who’s now an ex-king.
Sanusi Dethronement: The North Only Beheads The Bearers Of Truth
By Fredrick Nwabufo
Northern Nigeria is prostrate. It is the axis of uglies – banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, diseases, ignorance, and drug abuse. Alas! The region’s elite are aware of the problems, but look away because the disequilibrious status quo sustains them. What is petrifying, however, is that they maul and clobber at anyone who spits the truth in their faces.
I think, this is the mortal sin of Muhammad Sanusi II, emir of Kano – beyond his politics with Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano.
The World Bank says 87 percent of Nigeria’s poor are in the north. And that while poverty is plummeting in the south, it is rocketing in the upper region.
“Poverty in the northern regions of the country has been increasing especially in the north-west zone. Almost half of all poor lived in the north-west and the north accounts for 87 percent of all poor in the country in 2016,’’ the Bretton Woods institution said in its report entitled ‘Advancing social protection in a dynamic Nigeria’ in February 2020.
In August, 2019, the federal government revealed that 1,460 people were killed by bandits in seven months. And that the north-west is the worst-hit by this bloody enterprise. The killings have steadied, expanding in proportion and execution in the region.
In his accustomed manner, Sanusi recently vocalised these depressing figures of retrogression in the north – as regards the World Bank report — earning himself praise from progressive Nigerians and reprimand from the usual suspects — those stuck in the cesspit of bigotry.
Also, the gadfly emir of Kano, whom I regard as the John the Baptist of the north for his vociferous condemnation of this status quo, is alone in his advocacy against irresponsible polygamy, Al-majiri and child marriage – practices the northern elite espouse. He is the face of a progressive north; the northerner of the new age.
As a matter of fact, on different occasions he had complained about the northern elite whom he said wanted to silence him for speaking the truth about the region.
‘’Our colleagues and compatriots among the elite do not like statistics. Numbers are disturbing. I recently gave a speech in which I said the north-east and north-west of Nigeria are the poorest parts of the country. This simple statement of fact has generated so much heat; the noise has yet to die down. The response to this speech has been a barrage of personal attacks and insults aimed at silencing any voices that dare shine the light on the society to which we are saying Bring Back our Girls,’’ he said at a lecture held to commemorate the Chibok girls abduction.
And I guess they can only take the throne away from him but cannot take away his royalty in the community of decent humans. Really, I believe the emir would rather give up his throne than be gagged by the shareholders of iniquity.
To say the least, Sanusi’s dethroning was not unexpected. Ganduje had always shown his hand in this plot. Really, the emir of Kano never hid his dislike for him. But what is there to like about a governor who was allegedly caught on camera stuffing wads of dollars into his babariga? In the build-up to the 2019 governorship election in the state, the emir was not shy in expressing his disapproval to Ganduje’s candidature.
So, Ganduje, who considers Sanusi a ‘’loud mouth’’, plotted a bitter revenge after he was re-elected. He had moved to remove the emir in 2018 but for the intervention of some ‘’higher powers’’. However, he whittle-down the power of the emir by creating new emirates from his domain. He was not done though. He rustled-up allegations, set up probe panels – all in the desperation to embarrass Sanusi.
But Sanusi was still talking.
Really, one of the most abrasive places to exist is in the circle of non-progressives. You talk different, think different or act different, they will feel threatened. Even when you try to clown around; the aboriginal clowns will still feel threatened because you do not look the part.
I think, Emir Sanusi is light-years away from the people he is dealing with in Kano government. He is needed more at the top echelon of government where he can contribute more meaningfully to the development of Nigeria.
Northern Nigeria is not ready for an emir like Sanusi. He is ahead of his time.
Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist.
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