Some elements in the presidency leaked El-Rufai’s memo to the media – Tunde Bakare

by Azeez Adeniyi

General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has condemned the arrest of only some set of persons after the clash between the indigenes and the Hausa community in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

During his sermon on Sunday, Bakare said the arrest of some Yoruba as suspects and the defence of the arrest by the police was “an abuse”.

The police had paraded 20 suspects who were all Yoruba in Abuja last week.

However, Bakare wondered why only members of a particular side were arrested while the other party are untouched.

“If there is a fight between two people, you don’t arrest one person and leave the other.  What you do is to arrest the two and let the law takes its course. To arrest one party and leave the other and even go ahead to justify it is an abuse.

“No one should be allowed to promote ethnic agenda in the country. That is not the way of righteousness,” he said.

He also said some people in the presidency leaked the memo written by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to the President.

Bakare said the aim was to create friction between the President and the governor to fulfil their selfish interests.

He disclosed that he joined El-Rufai to deliver the memo to the President.

He said, “I can never deny that I knew about the memo; I knew about it. I flew from Lagos to meet El-Rufai in Abuja to discuss the contents with President Buhari. There were just three of us at the meeting.

“The memo was an assessment of what was going on; where mistakes had been made and things were not going on well; and what could be done to move the country forward.

“It was not an attack on anybody or on the President but some sons of disobedience around President Buhari leaked the memo to Sahara Reporters to make it look as if it was meant to attack the President for their own selfish interests.

“Can you imagine that the memo was written in September last year and some people think that they could gain from that? Woe betide anyone who thinks he can further his interests by manipulating anything in this era.”

He added that no one can set him against the president while refusing to call names.

He also criticized the Senate for concentrating on the issue of uniform of the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) while neglecting pressing issues.

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