The overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), Pastor Tunde Bakare, has opined that Nigeria needs a competent and truthful President regardless of background.
According to Bakare, Nigerians should be more focused on the competencies of the Presidents as the zones the Presidents hail from have little effect on the development of the country.
He added that Northern Nigeria has produced most of Nigeria’s presidents but the North is not progressing like the South, which has had fewer presidents in comparison to the North.
The cleric made his disclosure on Friday while answering questions from State House reporters after a private visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: “I’d said it on the 3rd of October. It’s our immaturity, politically and otherwise, that makes us say power must either be in the North or be in the South, instead of looking for the best, the fittest, the most competent, and people of character who love this nation.
“Listen to me, if where the president comes from will make the place he has come from to be better, the Northern part of Nigeria should be richest and should be the most progressive and the most developed because out of 61 years, the North has produced either the president or heads of state for 40 to 41 years and yet, see the retrogression in the North.
“If it’s from the South, why should a person like former President Olusegun Obasanjo freeze and seize the account of Lagos State in his own tenure? If it’s from South-South or South East, why couldn’t former President Goodluck Jonathan use all his powers to develop South-South/South East?
“Not where they come from, it’s what they carry and what they have to offer. May the best of the best of Nigerians rise, whether they’re from the East, from the West, from the North, and from the South.
“If there are agreements between politicians among themselves on rotation, a bargain is a bargain. That’s between them. But as far as this country is concerned, what we need at this stage is a man who can drive us to the Eldorado.”