Tunde Bakare: Buhari was in shock after meeting my mother

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The Senior Pastor of the Citadel Global Community Church formerly Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, says President Muhammadu Buhari was left in shock after meeting his mother.

He stated this in an interview with select journalists at his Lagos office as part of activities marking his 66th birthday.

The late Madam Abigail Eebudola Bakare died on May 5, 2018 aged 108.

Tunde Bakare was running mate to Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential election.

He said Buhari first met his mother in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during the course of the race and was shocked she could speak fluent Hausa.

Giving a brief background, the cleric said,” My father died before my third birthday and I didn’t feel it at the beginning because of the intervention of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who gave free education.

“When my father died in 1957 I was taken to Sokoto with my mother to go stay with my uncle and when school was about to start I was returned to Abeokuta again.

“As a little child I spoke Hausa language but then forgot it because there is no one to speak the language with on my return to Lagos.

“But my mother still spoke Hausa till she died and President Muhammadu Buhari was shocked when he met with my mother in our hometown in her house and she spoke clear ascent Sokoto Hausa to him.”

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Tunde Bakare revealed that he has not given up on his ambition to rule Nigeria, saying it was his destiny to do so.

“There is something called destiny. I am not one to hide under the umbrella of one finger and make ambition looks like vision, I do not camouflage.

“It’s not a matter of life and death, but you can write it down, as the Lord lives, and as I am given the opportunity, the day will come like Joe Biden that I will be the President of Nigeria,” Tunde Bakare said.

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