Tunde Bakare, who is “General Overseer” of “the Latter Rain Assembly” but can’t seem to stay away from politics, should be familiar with Exodus 20:7: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.”
Bakare, was candidate Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 (s)election, and told journalists after meeting President Buhari on Friday: “It is too early and too soon to begin to judge. If there is anything I know about Mr. President, it is that he has a good heart. He loves this country and he wants the country to run well. But it takes time. I know we are all impatient and in a hurry and I trust we will come out of the woods.
“I will like to appeal to all Nigerians that we should just exercise a bit of patience. This change will not become a chain that will tie all of us down. Change for good takes time and we should just exercise a little bit more of patience. We trust that government is listening and the leaders are listening too and they will respond to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.”
The “General Overseer” may have overlooked the fact that he told Nigerians in 2006 (reported in the Punch newspaper of Monday, October 2, 2006, Page 8): “Let me tell you the truth by the spirit of God, neither [Olusegun] Obasanjo, [Abubakar] Atiku, IBB [Ibrahim Babangida] and this tall one [Muhammadu] Buhari are part of the new. They are part of the old that is decaying. That old one is passing away. The new is emerging and these ones are not part of the new.”
The same Bakare, embraced the “decaying” Buhari, claiming in 2011 that “God told me to run with Buhari” for the presidency.
Today, he is preaching “change”, while trying to sell Nigerians “decaying” wine in a new wine skin. He claims we should “trust” Buhari and his government, but one of the most untrustworthy people is Bakare, who changes his mind with the wind, while trying to deceive the gullible with claims of being inspired by the spirit of God. That’s the truth and it will set Tunde Bakare free from the guilt of using God’s name in vain.