The founder of Lagos-based church, Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, said at his church’s New year service that God told him to run for the presidency of Nigeria.
See the reaction from top leaders in the Christian Faith in a recent interview:
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Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, Retired Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Archdiocese
“Don’t mind all these prophets and prophetesses who are more interested in their pecuniary gains. There’s only one God. If we are all serving the same God, God is not a liar, all of the so called prophets will be prophesying the same thing because God is the truth. But what they are now giving us, they are making God a liar.
“If it is the same God we are all serving—-the same God who made heaven and earth—-He will not tell different things to different prophets and cause confusion among His people because God is not a confusionist. I don’t know what is wrong with Nigerians, we are very gullible. Somebody got up the other day and said ’I want ten of you to give me one billion each, if you are ready, wait for me in my office, if you cannot do that, give me a hundred million each.’ What about that?
“I was trying to put one and one together to say are these people turning their churches to political parties? Are they preparing for the election? What is he going to do with all that money? Recently I read in the newspaper where he said we should all get registered and bring your Voters card and we will tell you what to do with the party. Should a newspaper publish that kind of thing? Is that news? I don’t know what is happening to this nation.
His Eminence, Most Rev. Sunday Ola Makinde, Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria
“Let him go to the field and try. I’m not saying God does not call anybody. The only thing he needs to do is to go to the field and present himself and see if people will vote for him. Let him go and then show us his manifesto and see if he’s the savior of Nigeria; we will know because what we know is his manifesto. He has been in politics ever since. I will not say no but Nigerians will decide. This time 2019, God will decide for us and Nigeria will be His instrument.
“Let him present himself to Nigerians first, let us know his political party. It’s not enough to say God has said I will be the president. There are certain steps you have to take before people will believe your prophecy. Which party do you belong to? What political ideology do you have? What are your manifestos to bring Nigeria out of the woods? I want a savior, somebody who will bring us out of slavery. We need a savior and that savior will be examined by Nigerians.
“Some people said when they were voted in, there would be no power failure, one naira will be equal to one dollar, what have they done? We don’t want any fake promises again. If Bakare believes he’s the Moses, let him come as well, by their fruits we shall know them. If I know he’s the savior, I wouldn’t mind but he has to tell us his manifesto and his ideologies.”
Rev. Felix Omobude, National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN)
“We are in this country, let us wait, watch and see. We have been hearing people saying God said this or that.
“Rev. Chris Okotie is still alive; maybe God told him a time frame when he would become president. As long as he lives, he has the right to contest and still look forward towards it. If it is God, it will surely come to pass. Nigerians should not easily judge but wait to see as time unfolds. From time to time, there have been fake and original prophets but time will prove each.”
Rev. Musa Asake, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
“Let’s wait to see. If God has ordained him to be the president, fine, it’s next year, so let’s wait and see. I don’t know how they read their bible. The Bible is very clear. Anybody who says he’s aprophet and prophesies and it doesn’t come to pass, the Bible stated that you take him out of the city and stone him.
“These people that are just making a name and playing with God’s name, they don’t know that when their end begins to crumble, they will have no place to stay. It was the same God that asked him to run with Muhammadu Buhari in 2011 and they didn’t win, so, why then will hedeclare that God sent him? Don’t let me think his God is different from the God we worship. That’s not my God.”