Tunde Bakare, Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be interested in choosing his successor as Nigeria’s leader in 2023.
Bakare made the plea in his State of the Nation address delivered in his church in Lagos on Sunday.
The cleric, who was the running mate to President Buhari in the 2011 presidential election, said the president needs to focus on what he described as “three pivotal points” during his second term in office.
According to Bakare, the president must ensure he builds a lasting legacy, strengthen institutions and ensure a worthy successor takes over to protect and continue with his legacy when his tenure ends in three years time.
He said: “This is the decade of the new Nigeria. In this decade, we have an opportunity to turn the tides of our nation if we make the right choices. I believe it is not a coincidence that President Muhammadu Buhari has the privilege of presiding over the nation at the turn of the decade. I believe a rare opportunity has been thrust upon his shoulders to make history in the service of his fatherland.
“Therefore, in the first three years of this decade which coincides with the last three years of his administration, the president must take the lead in building a legacy that will facilitate the emergence of the Nigerian dreams.
“Three focal objectives must drive governance in the appropriate path from this moment henceforth. First, this government must be driven by strong leadership. A strong man is different from a strong leader. Africa does need strong leaders who would build strong institutions. Providing strong leadership must the first pivotal agenda of the Buhari administration in the next three years. It includes being not just the commander in chief but also the unifier in chief.
“The second focal objective of this leadership in the next three years should be to strengthen institutions. The third pivotal goal of governance should be to build a strong post-Buhari legacy facilitated by accurate succession.”
Bakare insisted that President Buhari must be concerned about who will take over the reins of the country in 2023, noting that even God supports succession.
“A key responsibility that history has bestowed on President Muhammadu Buhari at this point of our journey to nationhood is to institutionalise systems of accurate succession that will build and sustain the Nigeria that we desire, not the ones that will hand us back again to treasury looters.
“God is into succession. Anyone that does not concern himself about succession is destroying his legacies because the person that comes after you can just destroy everything you have built,” he said.