2nd February, 2015
The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare has lashed out at CAN and PFN for endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan for the 14 February presidential election at the expense of one of their own, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the running mate to the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
Bakare, who had repeatedly called for the postponement of the elections, said during his sermon at the weekend that he learnt Christian leaders held a secret meeting where they endorsed Jonathan, saying that the reason Christian leaders said they won’t support him (Bakare) in 2011 when he was running mate to Buhari was because they claimed he was too controversial and had never contested any election before.
He asked: “Why have they refused to support Osinbajo who is not a radical in 2015?”
Bakare lamented that the development could lead to a sharp division within the church, insisting that because 2014 was not fixed, a dangerous storm would brew after the general elections since all the stakeholders have refused to heed his warning that the polls should be postponed.
In his sermon titled “The Sweet And Sour Ministry Of The Prophet”, Bakare said “a prophet is sent to bring change not build consensus,” adding that “ whenever you compromise what is right in order to gain acceptance with men, you lose acceptance with God.”
He said some of the compromising Christian leaders he often described as palace prophets, were only after their pockets, which was why they have queued behind Jonathan and rejected their ‘son’.
The biblical quotation, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not,” played out itself a few days ago when the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, rejected Pastor Osinbajo who came to them for support for his political ambition. They told him that they were for President Jonathan.
Leaders of CAN and PFN had met at the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, to pray for the nation and the forthcoming election, but the meeting turned out to be for a secret endorsement of Jonathan’s candidacy.
In attendance at the meeting, P.M.NEWS gathered, were Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, RCCG; Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners Chapel; Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, CAN President; Rev. Felix Omobude, PFN President; Pastor Paul Adefarasin, PFN Vice President; Pastor Wale Adefarasin of the Guiding Light Assembly and other key Christian leaders in the nation.
Pastor Osinbajo was also at the meeting to seek their blessing to support him and the candidacy of General Muhammed Buhari.
Pastor Paul Adefarasin was said to have broken the silence when he asked Adeboye who they should support since his ‘son’, Pastor Osinbajo is vying for the vice presidency with Buhari. They wanted Aeboye to say something and Osinbajo was watching as he believed that ‘Baba’ will certainly ask other leaders to endorse him, but he was disappointed.
Adeboye was said to have told them that he is a man under authority and that since he is under the authority of CAN and PFN, whoever they endorsed, he would support and go with them.
It was then that Oyedepo stood up and said he had prayed and that God was leading him to endorse and support Jonathan and that was the script the Christian leaders adopted at the expense of Osinbajo.
Instead of the meeting being for prayer for the nation, it was gathered that it turned out to be for the secret endorsement of Jonathan as all the leaders present except Osinbanjo agreed that CAN and PFN should go with Jonathan.
Osinbajo was not allowed to address the Christian leaders, giving the excuse that since the other contesting party was not present, they would not allow him to address the audience.
He was said to be downcast as his own rejected his aspiration.
CAN has been campaigning for Jonathan through messages being sent on Wasap to discredit the candidacy of Buhari in order to sway people to support Jonathan.
In one of the messages sent by CAN, it said that “during Babangida’s regime, he sold Nigeria to (Organisation of Islamic Countries) OIC” in order to Islamise Nigeria with an agreement that OIC will be supporting Nigeria financially and materially to accomplish their mission. And every year, Nigeria will be paying interest to OIC. So from IBB’s regime, Nigeria has been paying, until 1999 when Obasanjo who is a Christian came and stopped it for eight years.
“Then, in 2007 Yar’Adua came in and paid the outstanding debt of Obasanjo to OIC, with an interest and apology, he also paid his own from 2007 – 2010 and died. Goodluck Jonathan came in and stopped it for six years now and OIC constitution said that any member nation that stopped this payment for 10 years will be automatically excommunicated. Now GEJ has ruled Nigeria from 6th May, 2010 – 2015. He is seeking for 2nd tenure that will make it 10 years so that Nigeria will be delivered from the blood sucking Islamic religion,” CAN said in the text message, believed to be sponsored by Pastor Oritsejafor.
CAN further said that was why APC Presidential candidate, Buhari has been fighting to rule Nigeria since Obasanjo’s administration to date.
“Remember Nigeria’s 100 years centenary was in 2014. And any religion that starts to rule from this 2015 will take dominion till the next 100 years. Note: I am not campaigning for GEJ, but I am just revealing a secret to my fellow Christians to vote for religion. Forget Boko Haram. OIC masterminded it to distract us, it will soon be over.
“Nigeria did not have the monopoly of terrorism, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Kuwait, Somalia, etc have. This entire nation has been fighting terrorism since in the 80s yet… Don’t personalize this secret please! Make sure you send it to all your friends and everybody around. May God bless you, as you will vote for a Christian President in Nigeria election – 2015. Remember, God will judge you for using your thumb to dig the grave of his Church –CAN,” the Wasap message said.