Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly says he can’t understand what President Muhammadu Buhari and 22 State Governors were doing at a wedding in Kano last weekend; at a time 110 Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists are still missing.
Idris Ajimobi and Fatima Ganduje (children of Governors Abiola Ajimobi and Abdullahi Ganduje of Oyo and Kano States respectively) tied the nuptial knot on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
22 State Governors and President Buhari trooped to Kano to honour the Abdullahis and Gandujes.
Hours earlier, terrorists had attacked a military base in Rann, Borno State, killing aid workers and soldiers.
Two weeks prior, terrorists had invaded an all girls school in Yobe before abducting 110 of the students.
Nigerians railed across all social media platforms, calling the president’s presence at the wedding party ill-timed and insensitive.
Pastor Bakare who is friends with Buhari, was just as enraged.
‘Beneath your office’
“Forgive my ill-mannerism, but I could not comprehend why a Governor will celebrate the wedding of his daughter, and another Governor of his son, on the front pages of newspapers, flashing it before our eyes, when other peoples’ daughters are in captivity,” Bakare told TheCable.
“If any of them had lost a daughter in that captivity, would they celebrate that way? I know the Bible says rejoice with them that rejoice, but I do not know what the president of Nigeria was doing there.
“And somebody came to say, let me explain to you, it is Islamic tradition, before this time, about January, they had agreed, that he (Buhari) will be the one to give the bride away and (Bola) Tinubu will be the one to pay the dowry, and present the son, and they agreed long before now.
“I looked at him and said the president of Nigeria wanted to come to my daughter’s wedding, and I said to him, sir, don’t come. That is beneath your office. Face the work of the State and keep serving.
“And 22 governors showed up to mark register, when 110 daughters of citizens of your nation were captured by Boko Haram that you said you have already technically defeated?”
Bakare also came down hard on Ministers and Governor who showed up at the airport to receive Buhari’s son, Yusuf.
Yusuf was returning from a medical trip abroad following a bike accident on Boxing Day of 2017.
“It just shows how insensitive our leaders are. We have gotten to a stage that our president has become a king and a monarch.
“That his son who rode his pleasurable bike that almost claimed his life, will be returning from an overseas trip, where he had received special healthcare that Nigerians cannot afford, that it took a whole minister of state to go and welcome him, because he has no job.”
On the back of intense criticisms, Buhari has just scheduled trips to Benue, Yobe, Taraba, Rivers and other crises zones in the federation.
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