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‘Emilokan’ politics should be avoided, I warned. — Tunde Bakare

Aug 14, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

On Sunday, Citadel Global Community Church Serving Overseer Pastor Tunde Bakare advised his congregation against “Emilokan” politics.

President Bola Tinubu’s 2023 pre-election campaign made Emilokan, a Yoruba term meaning “It’s my turn,” popular.

At a State of the Nation broadcast in a church in Ikeja, Lagos, Bakare called “emilokan” authoritarianism.

“I’m reminded of the warning that I issued to Nigerians in January 2023 in my talk titled, ‘Bridging the gap between politics and governance.'”

“I warned that the politics of entitlement, the ’emilokan’ form of politics, would spawn an imperium president, one that would slope towards authoritarianism and be intolerant of dissent.”

Bakare commented on the Directorate of State Services’ arrest, custody, and prosecution of suspended Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele and former EFC chief Abdulrasheed Bawa.

DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya said Emefiele was detained in June “on the premise of alleged new criminal infractions/information, one of which forms the foundation for his present prosecution.”

On Thursday, the Federal High Court in Lagos scheduled Emefiele’s appeal to suspend his DSS trial for August 15.

“The DSS’s activities have raised questions about professionalism and commitment to the rule of law,” Bakare added. The claimed EFCC invasion and Emefiele case have raised concerns about due process and justice.

“The Emefiele case has shown the world and the present President’s commitment to fighting corruption.”

The preacher claimed the current administration’s battle against corruption was like making political rivals scapegoats while other real enemies of Nigeria remained unscathed.

He said Emefiele should be punished if proven guilty but not scapegoated since he could not have done it without presidential authorization.

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