Tinubu: Fani-Kayode, Bakare Settle Rift

SAN FRANCISCO, December 30, (THEWILL) – Senior Pastor of the Citadel Global Church, Tunde Bakare and former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode have settled rift.

The duo have engaged in war of words over last Sunday’s sermon of Bakare, which attack some Yoruba leaders who he alleged were bent on destroying Tinubu ahead of the 2023 presidency, saying they were envious of his achievement.

Sunday’s sermon saw Bakare, particularly, rendered adulations about the former governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu while telling persons envious of the politician’s plans to give a shot at the Presidency in 2023 to stop their opposition and support him.

However, in an article titled, “Who is Squeezing Tunde Bakare’s Balls?” on Tuesday, the former Aviation Minister took a swipe at Bakare’s praise of Tinubu just about 14 months after he had knocked the former Lagos governor for being an integral part of the rot in Nigeria

Fani-Kayode wondered how Bakare who once said Tinubu would give account for all his deeds, would suddenly turn around to praise the same man he once denigrated.

According to him, “I listened to Bakare’s words, spoken from the sanctity of his pulpit, three times and I was astounded. I asked myself what could have possibly made him flip in such an unceremonious, undignified and inglorious manner?

“I regarded his new-found and newly-cultivated grovelling and sycophantic assertions about Tinubu as being not only self-serving, arrogant, pitiful and condescending but also a desecration of the pulpit.

“I asked myself over and over again whether this was the same man saying one thing at the end of 2019 and saying the opposite at the end of 2020?

“The ‘sakabular’ pastor is encouraging the young ones to loot, steal, engage in fraudulent acts, sell drugs, do passport racketeering in their youth as these will not count against them in the future. Rubbish from the pulpit. Shame on him”, he said.

Fani-Kayode said Bakare’s sudden turn may not be unconnected with an “unsavoury event which allegedly took place in 1990 in the life of the Pastor was about to be exposed by the Tinubu camp.”

In addition, he said Bakare’s recent stance could be connected with “an allegedly ugly situation with a bank whose ownership recently changed hands.”

However, Fani-Kayode took to his twitter page on Wednesday to tell anyone who cared to listen that he had settled his rift with Bakare over Tinubu.

He said he just concluded three-way conversation with Bakare and Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo and clarified issued.

Fani-Kayode said he had put the matter behind him and that his respect for Bakare remained high.

“Just concluded a 3-way conversation with Pastor Tunde Bakare & Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, spokesman of the Yoruba Summit Group. We clarified all issues and put the matter behind us.

“My respect for Pastor Bakare remains high. I thank Mogaji and Chief Dele Momodu for their intervention”, he tweeted.