Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly has made it clear that he will be crowned Nigeria’s next president because noting that  “to this end I was born.”

Pastor Bakare says it’s only a matter of time before he succeeds Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The fiery, vocal pastor made it known that he will be Nigeria’s 16th president. Bakare made the proclamation during a sermon; as seen in a video that has since gone viral.

“Take it to the mountain top if you have never heard it before. I am saying it to you this morning, in the scheme of things, as far as politics of Nigeria is concerned, President Buhari is number 15 and yours sincerely is number 16. I never said that to you before, I want to let you know it this morning; nothing can change it, in the name of Jesus. He (Buhari) is number 15; I am number 16,” Bakare said while placing his right hand on his chest.

“To this end was I born and for this purpose came I into the world. I have prepared for this for 30 years. When he (Buhari) chose to run in 2019, he is still number 15, when he steps out, I step in.

Pastor Tunde Bakare says he’d succeed Buhari (Presidency)

“His assignment is that of Moses, to take Nigeria to River Jordan, but he can’t cross it. It will take a Joshua to go to the other side and begin to distribute the resources to the people of this nation,” Bakare told his congregation.

The dream to be president

Tunde Bakare, 64, has never hid his desire to lead Nigeria someday, regaling his congregation now and again that he is only waiting for God’s appointed time.

Bakare was Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). Buhari polled second, garnering 12, 214,853 votes behind eventual winner and then incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

Bakare and Buhari have been buddies for a while. However, the pastor never misses the opportunity to criticize a host of President Buhari policies.

In 2018, Bakare said Buhari has failed woefully. He has also dismissed President Buhari’s anti-corruption war as a selective endeavor and his handling of the economy as abysmal.

“The allegations by the Nigerian public is that those around the president are also stealing, and some names have been mentioned. You cannot be a clean man surrounded by rogues. If you don’t deal with those rogues, they would colour you with the same tar”, Bakare once said.

Buhari would have concluded his constitutionally permissible second term in office by May of 2023.

The Nigerian presidency, which is often rotated between a predominantly Christian south and a predominantly Muslim north, would most likely be left to the south–where Bakare hails from–in 2023.

Permutations, horse-trading and intrigues in this regard have already commenced.