Pastor Tunde Bakare, the serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, reiterated his previous warning to Nigerians about the dangers of “Emilokan” politics during his sermon on Sunday.
The term “Emilokan,” which translates to “It’s my turn” in Yoruba, gained prominence during President Bola Tinubu’s campaign for the upcoming 2023 elections.
Tunde Bakare asserted that Emilokan represents a leaning toward authoritarianism.
The cleric said:
“I’m reminded of the warning that I sounded to Nigerians in January 2023 in my address titled, ‘Bridging the gap between politics and governance.’ I warned that the politics of entitlement, the ‘emilokan’ type of politics, would breed an imperium presidency, one that would slide towards dictatorship and would be intolerant of dissent.
Bakare also expressed scepticism about ECOWAS’s proposed military intervention in the Republic of Niger.
“Local support for Nigeria by Nigeriens is at an all-time low. It is, therefore, counterproductive to engage in warfare. While we condemn coup d’etats in West Africa, we recognise that the situation calls for deep introspection on the part of African leaders. We call upon Nigeria at this time to provide good leadership. The real question is whether President Tinubu has the capacity to provide moral leadership even in the domestic context.”
Bakare had contested in last year’s All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary, which produced Tinubu as the flagbearer.