The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare on Sunday disclosed the true enemies in Nigeria.
Bakare in a statement on his verified Twitter page said the true
enemies are found in every level of government, from the local to the
state to the federal levels, and in every arm of government in Nigeria.
He noted that those who partake of the loot, celebrate looters are the true enemies among the people.
Bakare urged Nigerians in this new decade to stand up against the
true enemies highlighted in his statement at all levels rather than
attack journalists who criticize the government.
The statement read: “A few days from now, on January 15, we will
observe Armed Forces Day; a day earmarked to honour Nigeria’s fallen
heroes in commemoration of the end of the Nigerian Civil War.
“Fellow Nigerians, the true enemies of our nation are found at every
level of government, from the local to the state to the federal levels,
and in every arm of government. They can also be found on the streets,
in households and in the marketplace.
“As it is with the leadership, so it is with the citizenry. Leaders
and citizens have their citizenship in common; they are drawn from among
us and are a reflection of our basest instincts or our highest ideals
at every level of government.
“In Nigeria, the vast majority of our people regularly take turns
perpetuating the cycle of corruption either as beneficiaries or
“These enemies in citizens’ clothing are those who choose to be
spectators while the nation goes down the drain on their watch; those
perverts on the pulpit who hide under togas of godliness to manipulate
the vulnerable;those economic behemoths who window dress their
underhandedness with filth-lanthropy; those who are perpetually “not on
seat” because they can’t “come and go and die;
“Those who partake of loot and celebrate looters from the same ethnic
group or religious organisation; those who say of the looters, “We know
say na thief, but this thief na our thief.” These are the true enemies
“At the local level of government, the true enemies of our nation are
those agents of oppression who place excruciating multiple tax burdens
on often defenceless Nigerians
“At the state level, the true enemies of Nigeria are those state
governments that feed fat on unaccounted-for security votes; those who
deploy the paraphernalia of office in their selfish interests rather
than in the service of the people
“Those who connive with zonal political oligarchs to personalise and
privatise the state; those who deploy the force of state to quell
dissent, those who give critics an excuse to postulate that if state
governments are already abusing the little power they currently wield,
what will they do if we devolve yet more powers to them? These
power-drunk state officials are the true enemies of Nigeria
“At the zonal level, the enemies of Nigeria are those who have
perverted their influence and turned the states within their zones of
influence into personal estatesThey are the political puppeteers who rig
the system to enthrone their stooges and use them to corner resources
“They are the political bandits and pseudo-democrats who are maniacal
in merchandising the will of the people, from masterminding vote-buying
to engineering seemingly spontaneous outbreaks of political violence.
These are the true enemies of Nigeria. #
“At the federal level, the true enemies of Nigeria are in every arm
of government. In the judiciary, they are judges who pervert justice and
auction judgements to the highest bidder.
“In the legislature, they are those legislators who rob the nation
“under the guise of constituency projects” and are quick to pass laws
that undermine our national freedoms, thereby threatening our national
“In the executive arm of government, the enemies of our nation are
those who deploy the machinery of state against hapless citizens; those
who serve self rather than the people .
“These are the true enemies that we must stand up against, not the
angry young fellow who throws salvos at Mr President hoping to get a few
retweets not the journalist who stares the government squarely in the
face,and certainly not the dissenting voice in the midst of sycophants.
“The thrust of the new decade that commences this year 2020 must be
to, once again, come together as one people, to wrest the soul of
Nigeria from the jaws of the bear and the mouth of the lion, and to
begin to build a great nation.”