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General News of Monday, 16 January 2023


Prominent southwest pastor rejects Tinubu, gives crucial reason

Bola Tinubu and Pastor Tunde Bakare Bola Tinubu and Pastor Tunde Bakare

Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare has warned Nigerians against politics of entitlement, describing it as bad.

Speaking at his state-of-the-nation address on Sunday, January 15, the cleric made reference to the Yoruba word, ‘Emi lokan”, meaning it is my turn.

This word was used by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC, Bola Tinubu while addressing delegates to support him in his candidacy.

According to the pastor, politicians with a sense of entitlement evade political debate and fail to address the Nigerians they seek to serve.

Tunde Bakare who was defeated in the party’s presidential primaries also asked Nigerians to reject vote buyers in the 2023 election.

He urged the people to focus on candidates who are willing to tackle the issues ravaging the country.

He noted that a president who emerged from entitlement politics will be distant from the people and may end up being a dictator.

His words:

"This 'emi lo kan’ politics that insists on one’s turn, even if circumstances do not align, is bad. Politics of entitlement also manifests as perennial candidacy, not with the intent to serve, but to gratify long personal ambitions.

"It could also manifest as insistence on a given political office as a reward for what one considers a lifetime of sacrifice to the nation. Politicians with a sense of entitlement evade political debates and do not consider it imperative to communicate with the electorate.”