Secession Demands: Bakare Advises the Nigerian Government on Dialogue

The senior pastor, Citadel of Global Community Centre, Tunde Bakare, has proffered solutions to the insecurity and economic challenges in the country. The former vice-presidential candidate in the 2011 general elections stated that dialogue with secessionist groups will go a long way to resolve the present issues.

The cleric made these statements on Tuesday in an interview with Channels Television. He also admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to be committed to reuniting the country as a leader. Bakare addressed Buhari as “the chief servant of the people, not their lord”. In his words,

“We need to fix the cracks, the hurts, and the pains of this nation, but you can’t force people to be together unless you do things that appear fair to all. You need to engage people and talk to them from time to time. You are the servant of the people, not their lord. The President is the chief servant of the nation.

“The first thing we need to do is to heal the cracks; the fault lines are too many. This nation is terribly divided. That is why we have people talking about the Oduduwa Republic, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and all kinds of things. 

“Religious difference has become an issue. We need to reach these agitators and give them hope before it becomes a case of us against us. It should be about us coming together to build this nation.”

In recent times, there has been an agitation among some regions in the country demanding a separate nation of their own. The Easterners, under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu have demanded for their nation –Biafra. Likewise, the westerners, under the leadership of Sunday Igboho have demanded for their nation - Oduduwa Republic. However, Bakare emphasized on the need for peaceful co-existence in the country.

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