Pastor Tunde Bakare

Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly Pastor Tunde Bakare yesterday warned those overheating the polity to respect the constitution.

He said he would deploy resource available to mobilise against military takeover.

The cleric, in a message, titled: “The birth pang to a new Nigeria”, noted that some politicians were undermining the constitution to seek unwholesome way to power.

He said there were conflicting signals that the country was in extreme case, noting that what was happening was not strange or new.

Bakare added that the constitution was clear on succession, stressing that those playing god by virtue of their position were making the path to a new Nigeria painful.

The pastor, who likened the politicians’ conduct to the biblical Absalom and Adonijah, said: “Whenever leaders serve with a military energy, leadership vacuum will be created. Since nature abhors vacuum, the country will face setbacks.

“Those trying to undermine the country are like Adinijah and Absalom, whose inordinate ambition set them against their father, King David, and the people of Israel.

“If the President is very healthy and able to discharge his duties, there will be no room for Absalom and Adonijah.

“So, anyone with inordinate ambition is an Absalom. Those who don’t learn from history are Adonijah. Adonijah did not learn from what happened to Absalom and he came to wrong conclusion.

“Do not forget that we have constitution in this country, as bad as the constitution is, as unacceptable as it appears, as full of potholes as it may be, it is still the constitution of Nigeria and certain things are stipulated there.

“In the light of the fact that the President cannot discharge his duties, he must transit power to the Vice President of this country. This President has never led without transmitting that power.

“And if you want to know whether the President has not recover, I said during this sermon that the country was in the path of recovery, give him chance. Niger Republic has not seen their President for a while. Nigeria needs an energetic leader, the circumstances of our polity has brought us to where we are.”

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