Pastor Tunde Bakare, a former running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2011 presidential poll has urged him determine who succeeds him by 2023, in a bid to ensure continuity of his legacies.
Bakare who is the General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, made this call on Buhari while on the pulpit on Sunday.
The clergyman said: “God is into succession. Anyone in government that does not concern himself about succession is destroying his own legacy because the person coming after you can just mess up everything.
“Let us ask God for grace of accurate succession; that he (Buhari) will not hand over the baton of government and governance to thieves and perverts, to corrupt and power-drunk individuals, but those who are true patriots, who will serve like our founding fathers served; though not perfect, they did their best.”
He noted that by institutionalising a system of succession, Buhari would join the league of strong leaders like the late Deng Xiaoping of China; the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa; and Goh Chok Tong of Singapore.
He added: “As the government of President Muhammadu Buhari ushers us into the second decade of the 21st century, the third pivotal objective of governance should be to build a strong post-Buhari legacy facilitated by accurate succession.
“Therefore, even as we build institutions of democratic governance, a key responsibility that history has bestowed on President Muhammadu Buhari at this turning point in our journey to nationhood is to institutionalise systems of accurate succession that will build and sustain the Nigeria we desire. This is a task that must be done.”
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