The Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, on Thursday, October 1, appealed to the Federal Government to entrench policies for the benefit of Nigerians.
Bakare made this assertion on The Platform, a special programme to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day anniversary, the cleric asked the government to murder corruption instead.
“Don’t kill Nigerians, kill corruption because we knew that the subsidy being paid is going into private pockets,” he said.
The cleric further recalled that the 2012 protest involving the likes of Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana among others was not against the subsidy.
“I campaigned against the oppression of the poor,” Bakare said; adding that the subsidy by the Federal Government was not used to advance the cause of the poor.
Meanwhile, the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola has implored Nigerians to pay more attention to what happens at the grassroots especially at the local government level.
Fashola made this appeal while delivering a speech at The Platform; an annual conference organised by Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos, on Thursday, October 1.
The virtual event hosted by Poju Oyemade, its convener, was to commemorate the nation’s 60th independence anniversary.
Fashola said Nigerians are disappointed in the federal government; and should also rather pay more attention to the government at the local and state levels rather than the federal level.
The minister explained that the governments at both levels are directly responsible for providing basic education; primary healthcare, also water supply, among other necessities of Nigerians.
“Government is not magic and we continue to project hope. But some Nigerians must realize that what we expect of the Nigerian federal government; perhaps lies more with the state governors and the local government,” he said.