The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration cannot be described as clueless as the Goodluck Jonathan government was so termed for its inability to tackle insurgency.
Rather, the clergy said Buhari’s administration could be termed ‘helpless’ because it made some inroads into the Boko Haram insurgency.
Bakare, who expressed these views in a recorded interview on Channels Television on Sunday, stated that the current administration had appointed new service chiefs and sought cooperation from neighbouring countries in a bid to win the war against insurgency.
“President Buhari’s administration is not clueless but helpless on the issue of insecurity. He met with neighbouring countries, changed service chiefs and formed ties with the leaders of the Western nations to seek their support in tackling insurgency. That is why we must all rise up to support his administration”, he said.
According to Bakare, the December deadline set by the president to end insurgency in the country is only an optimistic date meant to renew efforts at battling Boko Haram and support those waging war against insurgency.
On the list of ministers recently unveiled, screened and confirmed by the Senate, Bakare, who was Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election, said the list was worth the wait, adding that the president carefully chose those he wished to work with him.
He said, “Buhari took his time to choose the ministers. If anyone says they are not the best or competent, the person should tell me the charges against them in court. Are those nominated competent? Are they Nigerians? I know that there is federal character. If you don’t have those you want, you pick those available. The President has said not all of them will have portfolios. If our constitution says we must have 36 ministers and we don’t have the resources to pay them, it is time to change that constitution”.
The fiery clergy also said some of the people Buhari chose as ministers nearly laid down their lives to see him become president and cited the example of immediate past Governor of Rivers, Rotimi Amaechi.
“See the case of Rotimi Amaechi with all the battles he fought with the past administration. I do not also see any horse-trading in their screening and confirmation by the Senate”, he said.
While urging Nigerians to give the president more time to deliver on his electoral promises, Bakare added that he was sure Buhari would not take that to mean the people desired to give him forever to do that.