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Corrupt value system is Nigeria’s greatest problem, says Bakare

Latter Rain Assembly Presiding Pastor Dr. Tunde Bakare at the weekend said the crisis confronting Nigeria will linger, if leaders and stakeholders fail to change their corrupt value system.

Expressing sadness at the country’s level of corruption, Bakare said leaders must be held accountable no matter the situation.

He said no one needed to be told something was wrong with most of the country’s  leaders.

The fiery cleric added that the situation has become so bad that even clerics, who should teach morals, are involved in graft.

Bakare, who was Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), spoke while delivering a lecture at the 14th anniversary of Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Abuja with the theme: “The church and economic recession”.

Worried by the dwindling fortunes of the average citizen, the Convener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG) called for a complete overhaul of the Nigerian system and structure.

He frowned at the political situation, where about 27 states in the federation are broke and unable to pay salaries.

The cleric said such a system of dependent and non-viable federating units was unsustainable.

His words: “We do not need anyone to say something is wrong with our leaders. Something is actually wrong. But I defer when it comes to just blaming leadership. I have heard it so often said that Nigeria’s problem is leadership problem.

“The leaders come from the same society. Our greatest problem in Nigeria is corrupt value system. And that is what is producing the type of leaders we have.”

The Senior Pastor of Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Babajide Olowodola, stated that what the church had been doing was to make sure “we are not part of the problem, but working hard to ensure that we bring solutions to the country’s economic problems”.

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