Popular Nigerian pastor, Tunde Bakare, at the weekend joined the growing number of people who have shown interest in succeeding Muhammadu Buhari as president in the 2023 general elections.
Bakare declared his intention just as the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, also declared that he would contest for the position.
“It is not about the presidential ambition of any man,” Bakare said, adding that “In any case, I do not have a self-generated ambition; what I do have is a vision of a New Nigeria that was birthed in me from childhood and an honest aspiration to serve as the sixteenth president of my beloved nation, Nigeria”.
Others that have already declared to run for president in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) include former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu; former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha; Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi and Governor Yahaya Bello, of Kogi State.
Recall that Pastor Bakare was the running mate to Buhari in 2011, when they were both candidates for the now-defunct Congress for Progressive Change, (CPC).
The pastor said Nigeria is in need of a leader who can reconcile grievous historical and current differences, unite ethnic and religious constituent parts into true nationhood, and give the country a true federal system that can strengthen the economies of its different regions to give rise to a “new” Nigeria.
According to him, “Birthing the New Nigeria is the mission of the sixteenth administration. The New Nigeria is a nation where no one goes to bed hungry and no child is left out of school without access to quality education; where our homes, schools, streets, villages, highways, and cities are safe and secure, and Nigerians can work, play or travel with their minds at rest, and go to bed with their hearts at peace.
“A Nigeria where our hospitals are lifesaving institutions and every Nigerian has access to good quality healthcare; where no youth is unemployed and our young men and women are job creators; where businesses thrive on innovation and Made-in-Nigeria goods can compete anywhere in the global market; where homes and businesses have access to clean and uninterrupted power supply and ideas are facilitated by functional infrastructure and cutting edge technology”.