Nigerians have been taken for a ride for far too long. This is the time to show how civilized we are by enforcing our will on the leaders we elected to listen to our voices. We can no longer sit idly and expect God to come from heaven to save us. God now needs us to act to save ourselves under his guiding hands.
Throughout history and the scriptures, nations have always taken some action to save themselves, but under instructions from God. We have prayed for so long in Nigeria. Let us now rise according to God's purpose to will and to act. Pastor Tunde Bakare has seen this light, by joining the rally to save Nigeria in Abuja on January 12, 2010. Now, the Nigerian government that cannot perform its duties has gone after Pastor Bakare to deny him his fundamental rights, cancelling his radio program in excercise of his freedom of speech, as a result of fear. As free people, we should not allow this. If we allow it, we are still in self-imposed bondage. We should excercise our freedom through civil action.
Take a day off, donate, join any action to save Nigeria. That is the least you can do.
The National Broadcasting Commission on Sunday stopped a Lagos-based radio station, Radio Continental owned by Continental Broadcasting Services from airing a live broadcast by Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly.
Explaining why the Save Nigeria Group took to the streets of Abuja on January 12 in protest Bakare said, “We marched on January 12 because for 50 days, the government of this nation took the citizenry for a ride, treating us with disdain and inflicting on the national psyche the latest addition to our plethora of national maladies, namely: power vacuum.
Bakare is one of the promoters of the Save Nigeria Group and has been a critic of President Umaru Yar’Adua, for his decision to travel out of the country for medical attention without handing over power to Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan.
He had joined other prominent Nigerians including Prof. Wole Soyinka last Tuesday to stage a protest in Abuja over the President’s continued absence.
Bakare had prepared a speech titled, “Understanding Why We Marched on January 12, 2010.” However, shortly before Bakare’s live broadcast, which was slated for 10am, the Radio Continental crew, which was already in the church, said it could no longer air the address as agreed because the NBC had ordered the radio station not to go ahead.
Bakare was, therefore, forced to deliver his address on the pulpit.
“The Nigerian nation has been headless and voiceless for the longest period since independence. It is expedient for the vacant office of the President to be filled immediately by an acting president in line with the ‘existing imposed constitution, till we establish the fitness or otherwise of the too-sick-to be-bothered President.”
He said he remained undaunted, had no fear for his life and cared less about those who wondered what business a pastor had with protests, as, “We have locked ourselves in the sanctuary for too long a time, fasting, praying and preaching for good governance in our nation. That in itself is not evil, but, we need to do more as the salt of the earth and the light of the world. It is time for the true church to come out of the closet and rebuild ancient ruins.”
According to him, the whole country has been reduced to one kindergarten class while the Federal Executive Council has turned Nigeria into one big joke as, ‘the spin doctors in Abuja fabricate one lie after the other in order to satisfy the curiosity of their perceived kindergarten citizenry.’
This, he noted had led to confusing signals emanating from everywhere including the seat of power on the state of the President’s health.
He said, “Nobody is sure whether we have a living, dying or dead President. To compound matters, Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan openly admitted at a church service that nobody is in charge of Nigeria and that God is in charge of Nigeria.”
The comments of the vice-president is an admission of hopelessness which simply implies that there is no one to hold accountable for the mess Nigerians are in, since there is no identifiable person in charge.
“We have just been told that the ship of state is in parking mode on the high sea; we are in the midst of turbulence, but the sick President, air-freighted to a foreign land, forgot to leave the key to the ship behind; his co-captain is either incompetent or unreliable and therefore cannot be trusted to steer the ship aright; the crew cannot access the life jackets on board let alone distribute them.
“In case of shipwreck, you are on your own. If you know how to swim, good luck as the name of your vice-president denotes, and if not, bad luck.”
He added that the only way to solve the nation’s problems was to understand the root cause and thereafter implement permanent solutions.
According to him, “The root cause is not far-fetched: our present constitution is a lie and those who swore an oath to uphold it have no respect for it, either because it is falsity, or because they only emphasise it when it favours them.
“Why would a government that makes the rule of law a cornerstone agenda openly violate the constitution with shameless impunity and seem to be getting away with it?
“It is because you have allowed them to trample upon your rights. For a long time, the worst of us have been on the leadership saddle, while the best of us have been sidelined so that the rest of us will remain in servitude for as long as the worst of us remain in power.”
Bakare said enough was enough.
With reports from Sunday Punch