The Senior Pastor of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said the failure of the past and present leaders led to the calls for self-determination in Nigeria.
In an interview with BBC Yoruba on Saturday, Bakare noted that the calls for secession became louder during the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Bakare noted that none of the agitations for the Oodua Republic or the Biafra Republic would be taken seriously if everything was well with the country.
The popular tele-evangelist, however, asked the Federal Government to address some of the issues raised by the secessionist group.
He said: “I and Sunday Igboho haven’t seen one another for once. The time he was supposed to come and see me, he couldn’t but he has seen other prominent people in Yoruba land, he has seen kings, chiefs and others but if things are truly going on well in the country, everyone is living fine, has food to eat, has water to drink…
“There was no one demanding what Sunday Igboho requested for before this time but I know when things turn around for good and those at the top see that things have become bad and start making a change… all these agitations, the Yoruba elders will call them because the elders have not asked them to go out and demand the Oduduwa Republic.
“When I was birthed and up until I was three, I couldn’t walk, I was crawling on my butt but my mother never left me, she didn’t kill me, she didn’t leave me to go to another man. She stayed in my father’s house and she stood by me till I became someone who was staggering to walk.
“God that has helped my mother not to leave me to go elsewhere, we won’t leave this country for another. My children went abroad to study, before they left, we all signed a document that when they graduate, they will come back to Nigeria because this is their home.
”If we don’t make Nigeria better and we flee to other countries, we are simply going to the countries of those who have made their countries better.
”You can only be ‘B’ citizens over there, you can never be ‘A’ citizens. Let’s all calm down and see how we can make Nigeria great. These politicians are not more than us, it is just that we do not have one voice. Once we have one voice, we will leave the forest and make a way.
”What will help stop the agitations is to make Nigeria better.
”I can see the leaders have come out to say they are doing amendments here and there. I was part of the 2014 Confab. God helped me and some other persons to do great things there. There was a memo that I, by the grace of God submitted there and it was accepted widely.
“Nigeria, by the grace of God will work. When we make the country better, it will be for the good of all but if we cannot move forward, let us return to where we have come from. There was a plan our forefathers from the North, South had on how to govern the country before the military came.
”Someone stood up in May 1966, declaring there will no longer be a federation. The declaration aligns with the military system because for them, it is an issue of obey the last order but since then, things have gone awry. If we can’t go forward, let’s return to where we have come from but for Igboho, IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra) and the rest, when they see that things are becoming better, they will stop agitating.”