Serving overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly (LRA), Pastor Tunde Bakare has dared a former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode to “expose” him for speaking glowingly of a former governor of Lagos Bola Tinubu.
Bakare had last week likened Tinubu to Jephthah in the Bible who delivered his people despite the circumstances of his birth.
Mr Fani-Kayode then wrote a scathing article titled ‘Who is squeezing Bakare’s balls?’ In the article, he wondered if the clergyman was being blackmailed to turn around to praise Tinubu after being known to be the former governor’s critic.
Reacting to the ex-minister’s comments, Bakare in an open letter sent to the national publicity secretary of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, dared Fani-Kayode to publish whatever he has on him.
“I have only one appeal to make through you to him: Tell him to expose my supposed ‘ugly past of 1990’ he must know about and the shady deals involving some bank that just changed hands that involved me in any shape or manner,” the cleric wrote.
“If Femi does not do so as soon as possible then he has published deliberate falsehood about me. I will await this publication soonest.
“For the sake of Femi’s mother, who I ministered Christ to in their Papa home while Femi himself was still in the grip of Satan, I will hold my peace for now.
“My last word to you and to the likes of Femi is that 10,000 times 10,000 of Tinubu or any one for that matter has nothing on me to make me say the words I spoke for and against him either in the past or now.
“If you or him or any other person know of any shady deal that I have done with any individual, corporation or government, please feel free to publish it.”
Fani-Kayode responded to the open letter, urging Bakare to address him directly.
“Yinka, tell Tunde Arewa that I only asked questions. I made no assertions & indulged in no falsehood. I simply asked him to clear the air. Can’t we ask questions? Is he God? Why is he so upset? Why can’t he just answer the questions rather than get his knickers in a twist?
“In any case why is he sending you to me? If he is a man let him reach me himself and not send you to me. I do not react well to threats and you are not his messenger. If he has anything to say to me let him say it. I am waiting. And I will respond to him fire for fire.
“As for my past he can say what he likes. Nothing is hidden. I have given my testimony publicly many times including before the Nigerian Senate & I have always said that I am a living manifestation of God’s mercy &grace. Everyone has a past.No-one is an angel, including him.
“I was troubled 30 years ago. I went to Bible school in Ghana. God delivered me and my life was never the same again. End of story. That is my testimony and it is a great and miraculous one. That is why I am a believer. That is why I am so proud of the God that I serve.
“That is why I love Him so much & will do anything for Him. Thanks be to God. Unlike others I do not hide my past but instead I tell the world about how God delivered me from it. And if the devil wants to use my past against me I will use his future against him. Let God judge!”