Convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare has promised Nigerians that if he discovers the forthcoming National Conference is what he termed ‘a waste of time’, he would blow the whistle.
According to the former vice-presidential candidate of the now defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, “By the grace of God, I will wait to see the convocation or the inauguration of that conference, read and listen to Mr. President, read his body language and if I perceive that the conference is going to be a waste of my time or a waste of time of any of the delegates, I will blow the whistle”.
Bakare, who has been nominated by the Ogun State government, as one of the delegates to represent the South-West geo-political zone in the National Conference, urged Nigerians to work towards the success of the conference rather than setting their eyes on the 2015 general elections.
Speaking with Daily Independent, the fiery preacher noted that the conference provides a veritable platform for Nigerians to return to dialogue table and come up with resolutions that would right the wrongs of the past and restore the country to the path of greatness.
His words, “Truth be told, I think we have the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past, to think critically of how to save our nation from disintegration. We must seize this opportunity with both hands and let the conference itself be people driven and that the reason we are there is for the ultimate interest and benefit of the people of this country.
“If we go there with elitist idea of how to continue to live in our secured land of prosperity while the rest of Nigerians dwell in the quick sand of poverty, then we are already pushing Nigeria to disintegration but a place where the rage of the poor can consume the rich, the wealthy, the elite and the upper class”, he said.
On a recent comment made by President Goodluck Jonathan to the effect that the resolutions of the conference will be sent to the National Assembly, Bakare said “we are going to find out whether the voice of the people is the highest law or whether those who are appointed, selected or elected by the people will overrule what majority of Nigerians will do”.
According to the cleric, anyone who tries to tamper with the resolution made at the conference “will be toying with his own personal destiny.
“By the grace of God, I don’t think all those going to that conference now as delegates are people who are desperately looking for job. Is it the likes of Justice Kutigi or Professor Bolaji Akinyemi that you want to call for a job or tell them this is what we want you to go and say there?
“I respect such men and I know they are respectable. And some of us are honourable to know that we are not seeking for job. If we are going there to midwife change for our nation, it will be seen that it is done thoroughly”, he added.