The founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for telling religious leaders in the country not to get involved in politics in order not to lose their status and public respect.
The President advised religious leaders in October to desist from partisan politics and play the roles they had played in 2015 that saw a peaceful election.
Reacting to the statement, Bakare, who said he was not in the country when the President spoke, faulted him, saying every pastor has the right to participate in politics
The clergyman questioned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s involvement in politics despite being a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God ( RCCG).
Bakare noted that Buhari was referring to pastors who are causing unnecessary trouble in the country.
Speaking with The Sun, Bakare said: “When asked about such things, I don’t react, in the book that I studied; I only find Acts of Apostles. I don’t react to things that others say, I just say my own. The way that you know a stick is crooked is when you place a straight stick by its side.
“Mr President must have reasons for saying what he said. I wasn’t in the country when it was said, so I take it that you are quoting it accurately.
“I think he said, church leaders who get involved in partisan politics will lose the esteem of their people.
“But the question to ask is the Vice President, not a pastor? Did I stop being a pastor when I was his running mate?
“I am sure he is addressing this to those who seem to create unnecessary storm in the teacup because I still do the things I do, I remain a Christian, I remain a pastor.
“I’m sure he is trying to hit at those who are causing unnecessary trouble. If Christians and pastors are not involved in politics, are you robbing them of their citizen’s right of association, human right of freedom of speech? Let us situate the statement within the context and not take it out of that.”