Tunde Bakare, the General Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, has denied saying President Muhammadu Buhari has disappointed Nigerians.
Bakare made the denial on Arise TV
, when asked about comments he made in an earlier Instagram interview with the Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.
Many media houses had quoted him as saying Buhari had disappointed Nigerians. However, speaking on Thursday, the cleric and lawyer said the newspapers decided the headlines with which to sell their papers. And that they quoted him wrong.
Bakare said: “Those headlines were creations of the newspapers themselves. Those were not the exact words I used.”
Bakare recalled what he said. “The coming of President Buhari into power in 2015 was a breath of fresh air to so many people. But in the midst of all competing demands, the conflicts and everything that happened, the expectations they had; not all of them would have been met. And, therefore, Nigerians are entitled to say they are disappointed.
He stressed, “I did not use the words ‘Buhari has disappointed Nigerians’. I will not ask the papers not to sell their papers using any headline. Sometimes they make their own deduction from what was spoken. I chose to be moderate in all that I say. Except I have concrete facts, I do not just talk.
“But are Nigerians disappointed? It’s everywhere, every day. You see it in the news. When expectations are not met, people will express their frustrations. It is natural and normal. But that does not mean this administration has not done anything good at all and, therefore, should be consigned to the dustbin of history.”
Tunde Bakare had earlier in an Instagram Live session with Momodu revealed what he told activist and businessman, Sunday Igboho concerning the ultimatum he issued Fulani herdsmen committing atrocities in Igangan/Ibarapa area of the state.