The pastor meets with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja (file image courtesy State house)

Former vice-presidential candidate Pastor Tunde Bakare has called on religious leaders to hold those in authority accountable regardless of their affiliations.

Bakare, who pastors the Latter Rain Assembly, believes that many religious leaders are hypocritical and hence they give political leaders a chance to deviate from their duties.

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He particularly lambasted religious leaders who visit President Muhammadu Buhari but, according to him, fail to tell the president what Nigerians think of those in power.

The pastor was speaking on Sunday at a Thanksgiving Service to mark the 16th anniversary of Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said, “Look at the nation; look at those playing god; look at the godfathers who loom larger than life because of the level of authority they have. They forget that God brought them there and he has a way of removing them.

“When Samuel (in the Bible) entered the city, the king trembled but when some pastors visit Aso Villa, they are the ones shaking. All they want is photo opportunity (with the President),” he said.

Bakare further said that corruption was not peculiar to Nigeria, adding that the solution to the problem must be people-driven.