By Mukwuzi Joseph
Clergyman and the senior pastor of the Citadel Global Community Church has said that he is ”shocked” by the “gross failure” experienced so far by the Buhari administration.
Bakare who has been very critical of the Buhari administration said this during a recent interview with Channels TV. Bakare who was President Buhari’s running mate in 2011, said this is not the Nigeria everyone envisioned after President Buhari took over office in 2015.
“This is not the Nigeria we envisioned not only as young people but in recent past. It is as if we are again at the precipice but Nigeria has a way of bouncing back; we are full of hope that God Almighty will help us. We are in a very perplexing situation as a nation. Many things that we didn’t see before are happening now. Even the president himself said so that nothing worries or bothers him like what is happening in the north-east, especially the banditry and kidnapping,” he said
Asked if he is surprised by the state of the nation considering the role he played in the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to power, Bakare said he is “terribly shocked”, adding that Nigerians, including himself, were hopeful about the change promised by the APC.
“Surprise will be a good thing for me. I’m not surprised. I’m terribly shocked about the things that are happening. I never envisaged them,” he said.
While further assessing the Buhari-led government, Bakare said
“A six-year-old child that is still crawling has problems. You want to examine or call the doctors to come in or a pediatrician, you say that this child was given birth to six years ago but it is crawling, just moving on its buttocks, not running, not walking, something is wrong. If we are going to assess, we need a serious political medicare. There is no problem that is devoid of solutions,” he said.
Asked if Buhari’s administration is a failure, Bakare said there is “gross failure” in the administration.
“I like to use my own words. Failure will look, ‘like try again’, you can still do something with it. I once failed an examination in mathematics. In 1973, I sat for exam and I got what we called inverted six, which is nine in mathematics but I met a friend of mine, who is late now, Ahmed Abebefe, who was a genius in mathematics in secondary school but his English was terrible. I was very good in English… Yes, there is gross failure, it is apparent to everyone but you can fail forward,” he said.