CLAIM: Viral media posts claim that Pastor Tunde Bakare declared himself as the next Nigeria’s president
CONCLUSION: Pastor Tunde Bakare did declare himself as the next Nigerian President but it was in 2018, before the 2019 general election.
A viral video of the senior pastor and founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, was widely circulated on the social media over the weekend. In the video shared by a Twitter users, the pastor was seen saying he will be the next Nigeria’s next president after President Muhammadu Buhari. The excerpts of the video read thus:
“Take it to the mountaintop, if you have never heard it before, I’m saying it to you this morning, in the scheme of things as far as politics of Nigeria is concerned, President Muhammadu Buhari is number 15 and yours sincerely is number 16.
“I will succeed Buhari as President of Nigeria, nothing can change it. I am number 16, Buhari is number 15.
“I never said it to you before. I am saying it now and nothing can change it.
“In the name of Jesus, he is number 15. I am number 16. To this end was I born and for this purpose came I into the world. I have prepared you for this for more than 30 years,”
“Senior Pastor and founder, Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has declared himself as the 16th President of Nigeria and successor of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bakare, during his sermon on Sunday, said that nothing could change it because he was born for that purpose to be president.
VERIFICATION: A member of Latter Rain church was our first point of contact, who disclosed to Tribune Online that the video in circulation was an old video from the pastor’s sermon last year. He said the pastor was not even in church last Sunday as claimed by most of the blogs, as the pastor is currently in the United State of America for the ongoing 74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74). It is indisputable that Pastor Bakare attended the UNGA 74.
Our findings also revealed that the video emanated from a Sunday sermon of the pastor on February 18, 2018, which was later posted on the church YouTube channel named LRAGlobal Online on February 21, 2018
It has been observed that people often recycle old videos to heat up the polity, however, you are advised to always verify any video shared with you to know the first date it was actually released.Read Full Story