Cleric to Nigerians: Reject Buhari, Atiku in 2019


A Lagos cleric, Prophet Lai Bamidele, has tasked both the ruling All Progressives Congress and opposition Peoples Democratic Party to look beyond President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, respectively, in deciding who becomes their flag bearers, come 2019.

Bamidele, who is the General Overseer of Glorious End-Time Evangelical Ministries, a church in Fagba, Lagos, said while the present administration “is a failure as it has let down the masses in many ways, Atiku has a lot of explanations to offer Nigerians on the sale of public assets while he supervised the Bureau of Public Enterprises as Vice President.”

The clergyman, who said the departure of Atiku from APC had been foretold by him in an earlier prediction, noted that more defections should be expected from the APC in the days ahead. But he maintained, however, that “Atiku is not the messiah that Nigeria needs.” He said, “God had revealed long before now that the APC will break. Atiku is just opening the floodgate as Buhari has failed the masses, who put him there. Look at the way sensitive government agencies are fighting each other.

The DSS is tackling the EFCC while the Ministry of Interior is at war with the office of the Head of Service. “These are clear indications that the President has been caged by some cabal. Let him come out in 2019 to contest, he’ll fail. Except God intervenes in this country…things must not continue like this. “The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was found guilty by a probe panel, which recommended that he should be tried, but Buhari turned the other cheek.“See the allegation by a fugitive Maina against the President to which there has been no response, and to even think that the Chief Law Officer of the nation, the Attorney General, Malami was cited in the show of shame.

“There is kidnapping everywhere to the extent that an Assistant Commissioner of Police was kidnapped. Nigeria is in big trouble. “Again, Fulani herdsmen have been killing innocent people without let and not one of them has been brought to justice under Buhari. “To worsen things, the National Assembly does nothing except to probe and get stuck there. Thieves checking thieves. “Politically too, Buhari has destroyed the APC for his selfish reason. He abandoned all those that God used to make him. He fixed all his moribund CPC party men in his government, forgetting that he will still need them some other day.

“Now, he needs them again and suddenly becomes an ally of Tinubu. As much as we respect Tinubu as Yoruba leader, we are still prepared to vote for his candidate but not a betrayer. We can’t be fooled twice. Once beaten, twice shy. We will not vote for a tribal leader.” Bamidele added that an alternative provided through an Atiku candidature fell below the masses’ expectation, as according to him, the ex-VP’s profile in the days of Obasanjo presidency was nothing to write home about. Noting that the lot of the masses had not improved as envisaged, almost three years into this administration, Bamidele enjoined Nigerians to be prayerful and determined in voting in a credible leader, come 2019.

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