Transcribed by Aina Olatunji-Mason

"God is not going to fix Nigeria until he fixes his temples. Judgement will begin from the house of the Lord"

I am relying on this transcript for my comment. I am assuming that it has been a fair transcription. To the extent it is unreliable I apologize.

My reading of what Mr. Bakare is saying is that Nigerians should rise and free themselves from the bondage it has found itself. He expects the salvation to start from the individual Nigerians. He says that God cannot start savingNigeriawithout first saving His temple by which I think he means saving each Nigerian. He is relying on the Bible quotations in which each individual is atempleofGod. So unless, we, the Temples of God, are reformed, the reformation we are clamoring for cannot take place. Judgment will begin from the House of God. From us, The Temples of God.

Up to this point I am in agreement with Mr. Bakare.

I have another agreement with him when he says that waiting for other people to deliver the message for us will not do the trick. He says:

  • "…all we will do is sporadic, haphazard, demonstrations in the street, "we are going to Fashola's office – we will march there" and Fashola will give us a pep talk. We will give him a letter for him to give to the president, Idiots! Has it worked at any time? Time has come for Nigerians to rise up – East, West, North and South, and to say "Enough is Enough!" I have told you before that my marching days are over – I am putting the toga on again, we are going to pull this house down and rebuild it in the name of Jesus! Enough is enough..."

My only point of disagreement is in rebuilding it in the name of Jesus. We shall just rebuild it in our name and if we are God'sTemplethen it is automatically God's name. At least to those who so believe.

What I find very pleasing is that Mr. Bakare is promising that he is putting on his toga again to lead the march. I hope the rest of us who are here criticizing him would make the same promise to put on our toga and join the march. As I have said far too many times before,Nigeriahas leadership of its choosing what is lacking is followership. If enough of us chose to follow Mr. Bakare we might have a differentNigeria. My doubt is whether Mr. Bakare would actually show up to lead. We know how powerful moral leaders have been. Remember the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. He came out and decided to lead risking life and limb; water cannons, police dogs, nasty jailors. He eventually won from the grave. Or consider Archbishop Tutu of South African fame leading when Mr. Nelson Mandela, Mr. Albert Luthuli, and others have been silenced by jail or exile. He used his pulpit to urge his congregation to stand up against leaders not unlike our present leaders.

Mr. Bakare I think may be up to something, but we have to believe that he can succeed and not wait till he succeeds to join the Armada he is calling up. If nobody joins him, he will fail.


But as we wait for the call up how many of us will call on Mr. Bakare to report that he can count on us. It is the volume of calls he receives that would energize him and make it impossible for him to go back to his comfortable church and planes and estates. He has gone on the failed political trip. If he were to lead the people from the East, West, North and South, mass movement, the politically powerful people will pay attention. What all governments (dictatorships, democracies, kings, emperors, etc) fear the most are the people.

Governments are always afraid of the people. If 1 million of us were to descend onAbuja, we will get the attention of Jonathan, Buhari, Tinubu, Chief of Staff Defense HQ, Mr. David Mark, and the Speaker. All of them. If 500,000 show up atEnugu, do you think Mr. Chime would ignore the throng?

They are afraid of us.

Governments know the power of the people, which is why they spend fortunes dividing us into Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Itsekiri Ikwerre, Ijebu, pitting each group against the other thus diminishing the collective power of the people.

Who shall I send? And who will go for me?

Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba


August 31, 2011