President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, October 15, met behind closed doors with Lagos-based cleric, Pastor Tunde Bakare, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Bakare described his visit to Villa as private.
Commenting on the on-going agitation for power shift by some socio-political groups in the country, Bakare frowned at the calls for power shift based on primordial sentiments.
He said Nigerians should concentrate more on competence when electing the next President in 2023.
According to him, the region or part of the country from which contestants come from does not matter; because the country deserves the best as President.
He said: “I said it on the Oct. 3, it is our immaturity politically and otherwise that makes us say that power must either be in the North or be in the South instead of looking for the best, fittest or most competent and people of character who love this country.
“If where the president comes from will make the place he has come from to be better; then the northern part of Nigeria should be the richest, most progressive and most developed.
“Because out of 61 years, the North has produced either President or Head of State for 40-41 years; and yet, see the retrogression in the North.
“If it is from the South, why should a person like former President Obasanjo freeze the account of Lagos State during his tenure?
“If it is from the South-South or South-East, why couldn’t former President Jonathan use his powers to develop the South-South or South-East?
“May the best and best of Nigerians rise whether they are from the East, West, North or South.
“But if there is an agreement between the politicians to rotate power among themselves, that is between them but as far as Nigeria is concerned, what we need at this stage, is men who can drive us to the Eldorado.”
Bakare also reiterated his call for immediate restructuring of the country.
He said: “I have said it before, the documents are there, it is there for everyone to see; and I have presented copies to the President.
“We can do it without shooting any gun. We need to do it to move this nation forward.
“We are better off together, as a nation, than going different ways; but it must be based on equity, justice, fair play, and the rule of law.”