This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Post Election Killings - Bakare Defends Buhari

Tunde Bakare, the pastor of Latter Rain Assembly and Vice Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has broken his silence on the crises that engulfed some Northern parts of the country after the presidential election saying Major General Mohammed Buhari, the presidential candidate of CPC should not be blamed for the carnage in which many died including some serving Youth Corps members. He pointed that the mayhem was motivated by the economic deprivation of the people who have been pauperized by the nation's poor leadership.

While speaking with newsmen in Lagos Sunday, Bakare stated that immediately the crises started, Buhari addressed the Northern people and youths who had started the protest through the BBC and Aljazeera, adding that General Ibrahim Gbadamosi Babangida has also pointed out that he did not cause the crises. He questioned the reason why the Federal Government should respond to he crises after six days it started.

When asked about the possibilities of the statements credited to Buhari instructing his supporters to fight against any form of rigging, causing the crises, Bakare explained that such wouldn't have been because others parties also campaigned against any form of rigging, pointing out that the media has been one sided on the matter. He sated also that Buhari confided in him and some CPC leaders that he would not allow people to use him to cause revolution in the country, wondering how he would have at the same time asked people to kill one another.

Bakare, who also accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of grossly falsifying the presidential election result stated that General Buhari had not wanted to challenge the case in court but was propelled to do so through the party as one of the means to seek justice and douse the anger of his supporters. Bakare pointed out that the struggle to salvage the country continues, saying he would continue his involvement in the nation's politics until the desired changes are achieved.

He condemned how Dimeji Bankole, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, is being handles by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) saying it is only in Nigeria that people are deemed guilty without judgment; adding that he would not hesitate to expose other corrupt elements in the government if the commission continues to rough-handle him.

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