Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, says his ambition to become the President of Nigeria is a lifelong dream.
Bakare, who didn’t specify whether he would be running for president within the 2023 elections, said he believed he still has a quota to contribute to the development of the nation.
The cleric spoke on Tuesday night in an Instagram Live Chat with the popular journalist.
Bakare was the running mate to Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) within the 2011 presidential election. The duo, which ran under the banner of the Congress for Progressive Change, lost to former President Goodluck Jonathan and his deputy, Namadi Sambo of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Buhari later ran again and won in 2015 with Yemi Osinbajo under the banner of the All Progressives Congress. The change was the mantra of the ruling party in 2015.
But Bakare said, “Rather than getting the change, it appears that we have been shortchanged.”
The cleric stated he has not given up on his presidential ambition but added that he was not an inordinate ambition.
He said, “In an ideal situation, each Nigerian is entitled to his or her dream and we should discover a way of liberating that office that any Nigerian who desires to be within the office or to be the president of Nigeria should be at liberty to do so.
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“I categorical my own desire however it’s not any inordinate ambition and it’s not that I must kill and maim in order to get there. I’ve something to offer my nation, God giving me the opportunity and the people saying so, I desire to still contribute my meaningful quota to the development of my nation. It’s a dream I’ve had as a little boy and it has never left me but I am pushing neither am I forcing myself on people.
“Remember something about the presidency in Nigeria, those who pursue it too hard hardly get it, those who put everything into it hardly get it and those who are qualified like MKO, he won the election, they didn’t let him get it. Chief Obafemi Awolowo has been described as the best president Nigeria never had.