Pastor Tunde Bakare, founder of the Latter Rain Assembly who spoke last weekend in Glasgow, Scotland as a guest speaker at an evening with Association of Nigerians in Scotland, disclosed that he gave a whopping N160 million to the present Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai during his campaign to become the Governor of the North Western State in 2015.
According to Pastor Tunde Bakare who spoke extensively on the theme of the event: “A New Nigeria Re-engineered, The Role Of The Diaspora”, asides paying back the loan, Governor Nasir El-Rufai offered to make his (Bakare) son the MD/CEO of one of his companies, but he rejected the offer for some undisclosed reasons.
“The current governor of Kaduna State once stayed in my house and we discussed many political and personal issues. I wrote the foreword of his published book with the little information I knew about him then. I invited him from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to join Congress For Progressive Change, CPC. When he was contesting for the governorship of Kaduna State, I contributed N160million for his electioneering campaign and he later paid me back,” Bakare told the audience.
The Pastor also analysed how some former African dictators plundered the resources of their respective countries while poverty ravaged the continent. However when challenged by one of the guests in the audience on his silence and non-criticism of Buhari’s government over the recent happenings in the country including allegations of sleaze among some government officials, the lawyer and Convener of Save Nigeria Group, said he does not believe in playing to the gallery.
“The Buhari I know will not steal money. Buhari is my friend but I am not afraid to tell him the truth. You don’t stab your friend in a public place. I know ways to reach out directly to Mr. President. If you notice, I did not really start to criticise Buhari until January this year. I once told him that you cannot consider yourself as clean if you surround yourself with many unclean people,” Bakare said.