Tunde Bakare, the founder and senior pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, a Lagos-based pentecostal church has declared he would be Nigeria’s next president come 2023.
Bakare, in a video which has gone viral on social medial, declared that he would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari as 16th president of Nigeria, saying this is why he was born.
“Take it to the mountain top if you have never heard it before. I am saying it to you this morning, in the scheme of things, as far as politics of Nigeria is concerned, President Buhari is number 15 and yours sincerely is number 16. I never said that to you before, I want to let you know it this morning; nothing can change it, in the name of Jesus. He (Buhari) is number 15; I am number 16,” Bakare said, placing his right hand on his chest.
NEXT PRESIDENT TUNDE BAKARE???
I used to revere Pastor Tunde Bakare but when his "Prince of Adamawa" prophecy of 2012 failed to come to pass, I started seeing the man as a False Prophet.
How am I supposed to believe his self promoting prophecy of 2019?
— Dadiyata The Jonathanian (@The_Jonathanian) September 22, 2019
“To this end was I born and for this purpose came I into the world. I have prepared for this for 30 years. When he (Buhari) chose to run in 2019, he is still number 15, when he steps out, I step in. “His assignment is that of Moses, to take Nigeria to River Jordan, but he can’t cross it. It will take a Joshua to go to the other side and begin to distribute the resources to the people of this nation,” Bakare told his congregation in the video.
Bakare, who is seen in some quarters as a controversial preacher cum politician, had many times criticised previous and present governments in the country. In 2012, Bakare was among those who mobilised forces for daily protests that lasted more than two weeks at the Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota, Lagos, against the removal of subsidy on petroleum products and consequential price increase announced by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
In the 2011 presidential election, Bakare was the running mate to the then presidential candidate of Congress for Progress Change (CPC), Muhammadu Buhari, who lost the election to Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).