The Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, seemed to have stirred the hornet’s nest last Sunday when he made reference to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that the next in line does not always become King.
Bakare in Sunday sermon in his church on the topic: ‘The Birth Pangs of a New Nigeria,’ alleged those attempting to overthrow President Buhari are doing all they could to outperform him.
He went on to say: “The king may be cold, the king may need warmth, but the final authority is still in his hands. All the actors in the corridor of power can keep acting, but the residual power is still in the man who is cold.”
Following the reaction that has greeted the “prophetic utterance,” The Whistler went into the archives to look at some of the outspoken pastor’s past PROPHETIC DECLARATION:
The vision is to be plainly publicised so that "… he may run who reads it," he had said prior to his planned exile in 1993 during the heat of the annulment of the election believed to have been won by late Moshood Abiola.
"Is there no old man in MKO's house to restrain him because once he begins, he will not come out alive?" Bakare declared.
M.K.O. Abiola would go on to languish in prison for daring to declare himself elected President of Nigeria and died in questionable circumstances at the end of it.
Before then, in April 1993, Bakare had shockingly prophesied that neither the Social Democratic Party (SDP) nor the National Republican Convention (NRC) will attain political power.
He declared, "SDP will fail, be cut off and swallowed up. The military will fall. Verdict '93: Our God reigns".
Eleven days after the June 12 presidential election, General Ibrahim Babangida, then Military President, annulled the election.
In June that same year, Pastor Bakare shared a vision God showed him during a church service at the church. He saw, "two pieces of meat hanged by a tiny thread with labels on them. One piece was labeled SDP; the other was labeled NRC. Then a fat cat dressed in the camouflage uniform of the Nigerian Army came and swallowed up both of them. Then came an arrow from heaven and pierced the cat."
He explained that IBB would step down but the cat that was coming would annihilate the political structures. Nobody would be able to remove the cat but an arrow from heaven would pierce him through.
When General Sani Abacha took over the rein of governance in Nigeria, Dr. Bakare declared according to the revelation of God to him that the character of the new ruler is represented in Psalm 36.
Psalm 36:1-4 reads:
1 I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked
[b] There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
2 In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
3 The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
4 Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
On the Sokoto Caliphate
In Pastor Bakare's words: "1995 is the year of the unprecedented humiliation of the Sokoto caliphate. Its influence in the sociopolitical setup of Nigeria will not only wane, it will die. This (the then) Sultan will not be there by the end of the year".
The following year, Abacha the Maximum Ruler will deposed Ibrahim Dasuki as the Sultan of Sokoto.
On The Destiny Of Abacha's Transition Programme
Bakare had this to say: "In an open vision, I saw over thirty political heavyweights jostling for the presidency of the country. Even with their money, manipulators set in to tamper with election results, which brought in confusion into the whole process. Three ugly things will characterize the transition programme - betrayals, deception and intrigues while the gullible and the desperate will have their political career terribly shattered". The most disastrous of the entire programme according to Dr. Tunde Bakare was that, "the gullible and the desperate will have their political past and future sidetracked, and many of them will be kept permanently in the tunnel."
On the alleged coup of December 1997, Dr. Bakare prophesied after death sentence had been passed on the alleged coupists by the trial tribunal and the nation was expecting their execution thus: "just before the killer will kill, he himself shall be killed - expect the night-before miracle"
So it came to pass that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Oladipo Diya and those accused of the Phantom Coup of 1995 were the hangman’s noose as Abacha died in 1998.
Dr Bakare had shared with the congregation a vision early 1998 in which he saw General Abacha dying in the midst of two foreign women.
Afterwards, he declared ceaselessly that, "The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel, Abacha, your time is up".
During the same period, at a Conference of Prophetic and Apostolic Churches (COPAC) in Kano, Pastor. Bakare prophesied that, "it was not the first time that the corpse of a head of state would be brought to Kano for burial and it would not be the last. And that the city of Kano should expect the corpse of another Head of State" Abacha died in the early hours of June 8, 1998.
According to the prophecy - the cat was pierced through by the arrow from above- The end of a tyrannical rule.
On Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar
Pastor Bakare declared to the nation. Thus saith the Lord; "Abubakar is Saul.
"If General Abubakar will yield to God and serve according to the will of God, he will become the midwife who will be instrument to the birth of David. Through him, a new nation will emerge. But if he has the fear of death and continues as he has said with programme of General Abacha, he will fall with his armour bearers".
Abubakar will go on to carry out the transition that will usher in Obasanjo as president in 1999.
On Obasanjo as president
On March 7, 1999, the following the election of General Olusegun Obasanjo as president, Pastor. Bakare raised the “voice of the Spirit” saying, "in a vision, I eavesdropped on the conversation going on in the Heaven. I saw Jesus on the throne called the seat of the Governor and the subject they were discussing was Nigeria. This was what came out of the lips of the Lord:
"Rejoice not oh land, or your joy will be temporary. For I am bringing the nation - Nigeria, the rulers, the priests and the prophets there to my threshing floor. I will judge Saul and his comrades, and after I have finished my purging, then I will restore to you permanent joy.
“Obasanjo is not your messiah. He is King Agag and the prophetic axe will fall upon his head before May 29.”
And I asked. "Lord. How are you going to judge Saul and what has he done?"
God said, "I sent him on an assignment to overtake, to recover, to demolish but he didn't. He spared the fat calves, he spared the big sheep and he brought Agag back to Jerusalem. I will judge Saul and his comrades and after I have finished my purging, then your joy will be permanent."
His prophecy came to nought as Obasanjo was not only sworn in but completed two terms of four years each.
In a Sunday service on June 3 2001, Pastor Bakare thundered: “Son of man, announce to those who will hear, declare my word to those who will listen, proclaim to all what I am about to do: Vacancy! Vacancy!! Vacancy!!!” says the Spirit of the Lord
“The sound of rejoicing and the sound of wailing in your nation will manifest at the same time. I will suddenly remove and take away the princes I have not chosen and the prophets I did not send. There shall be a vacuum for a moment and there shall be order in a little while, and I will bring princes to power and my prophet shall hear my word. I will no longer hide myself from your people. And the sound of rejoicing shall envelope the nation” says the Spirit of the Lord.
Alas, again the “word from the altar came to nothing.
1. God is purging His firmament of shooting stars.
The first thing that God will do in 2007 that would shock His Church is that He would purge the firmament of shooting stars. Those who love to have the pre-eminence in the Church; those who have become tin gods, those who have taken over the temple from Lord of the temple, who have become lords of the temple; God says their time is over!
2. God said to me, I am restoring the ministry of my saints. I am going to anoint ordinary people to do extraordinary exploits. The grace of God is coming upon saints to do extraordinary things. You don’t have to leave your profession because the anointing of God is coming upon you to do the extraordinary things right there. No more spectator Christianity! The Lord told me that there will be more and more Grace, more and more People, more and more Power, and more and more Glory. There will be more people on God?s side like never before and more grace and power will be given to them to do great exploits for God (2 Cor. 4: 15; The MSG, NLT).
3. The Lord said in 2007, many will perish by prosperity. I have a fearful message for those who preach and embrace the message of prosperity without purpose in the church, who think that godliness is a means of gain. I saw a whirlwind rolling through the church of the living God, not only in Nigeria, but also in the nations of the earth. And God told me that it is hurricane prosperity. Those who have manipulated and told a lie over the years will be destroyed by this hurricane prosperity. Although year 2007 is a year of increase, do not compare it with the counterfeit prosperity that is being preached over the years through another spirit, typifying another gospel. Run from any prosperity that is not rooted in righteousness but in deception and sharp practices! There is hurricane prosperity. (Dan 8:15-25, Jer 17:11).
4. The Lord said, I am releasing the anointing of Deborah upon the Police Force. Concerning the state of insecurity in Nigeria, I see the rise of a Super Cop. This Super Cop was a woman of great influence and authority. She began to change the Police Force as she was speaking to men with authority. She began to give instructions to men in the Police Force, and they were taking command. To some, she gave honey. To others, she stung them to death and the spate of insecurity began to wane. When I asked the Lord what this meant He told me that He allowed the state of insecurity for a while, but because of what He wants to do, He will stop it. (Judges 5:5-7). This vision prompted me to go into an in-depth study of the life of Deborah. Then I gained understanding just as Daniel did. This is the interpretation of the vision: It is a strange leadership that advances poverty and oppresses the people that releases violence in the city and nations. In other words, it is the multiplication of poverty that breeds armed robbers. When men sit on what belongs to others, others will also take gun in order to take part of what they thought is theirs. Any constitution that will not bend will have to break. The Super Cop will sting the corrupt to death, but release honey to those who will do the work, because enlightenment has come. The veil is removed from the eyes of our people. Expect the tide of insecurity to begin to wane in our nation, as you see the emergence of this Super Cop.
5. Mr. President, think not that you are going home with bitterness in May 2007, says the Spirit of the Lord! Congratulations to those president elects and vice-president elects. Congratulations to men of good will that are doing their best to steer the ship of our nation in the midst of confusion and horse trading that is going on. But the Lord sent me to you, and as many as could take this message and give it to our President, that the grave he is digging is about to cave in and he will fall into it, because bitterness is much more devastating than betrayal. Vengeance has no foresight. Whatever weapon you are using to hit somebody else, remember what is called boomerang! This is what I hear from the Spirit of God: Bitterness is more devastating than betrayal. Betrayal is something others do to you; bitterness is something you do to yourself. The hardest time to be gentle is when we know we are right but somebody else is wrong. It is when somebody else’s destiny lies in our hand that we know whether we are gentle, humble, or not. I don’t know whether the Vice-President betrayed the President in 2003, but what is going on is nothing but the manifestation of bitterness. But it will only destroy the one who harbours it. It does not matter how many good things we do, when we allow bitterness to come in, and we withhold forgiveness from those who hurt us; we are not free and they also are not free. This is what the Spirit of God said to me concerning those who are manipulation the power process in Nigeria: What the wicked fears will hit him. It is not your job to block another person’s chance. Let God be God and let man be man. What the wicked dreads will overtake him (Pro 10:24 NIV). MAY NIGERIA SURVIVE AND FULFILL HER GOD-GIVEN DESTINY. This is the word of God concerning Nigeria for the year 2007. Amen.
A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faction has commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on steps he has taken to douse tension in the country occasioned by “hate speeches”.
Ahmed Makarfi, Chairman of the PDP faction’s National Caretaker Committee, said at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja that Mr. Osinbajo deserved to the commended.
Mr. Makarfi, however, called on government to build on the effort by making all sections to be viable and operate an inclusive government.
He advised the government to ensure that its programmes, policies and steps were tailored in a manner that no section of this country would have the impression that it didn’t count.
Mr. Makarfi also called on leaders and governments at all levels to handle emerging challenges confronting the nation in best way possible.
According to him, the emerging challenges include insecurity in the north-east, herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, kidnappings as well as agitations and counter-agitations for secession.
He said the PDP believed that human and national development normally had challenges, but that “handling of such challenges determines the direction that the development takes’’.
“As a country and a people, we have faced several developmental challenges; some have been resolved while many others are yearning for resolution.
“Even after such resolution as it’s typical of the evolution of human societies, we should expect to be confronted by new and emerging challenges.
“It is thus the responsibility of each generation of our leaders to grapple with and handle such emerging challenges in the best way possible. It is always a work in progress,” Mr. Makarfi said.
On herdsmen and farmers’ clashes, he said that while both groups had constitutionally guaranteed rights to existence, government needed to come up with measures that would once-and-for-all address the issue.
“We must, however, be able to differentiate between the business of peaceful cattle rearing and criminal activities and take appropriate steps to protect lives and property.
“We must also secure our borders in order to prevent the influx of foreigners who may not respect the laws of our land.
“Of concern also is the issue of cattle rustling, which is also taking an altogether unprecedented dimension.
“This, unlike the pastoralists/farmers problem, is clearly an issue of criminality, which governments and security agencies need to wake up to, to reassure victims that the state is there for them also.”
On kidnappings, Mr. Makarfi said it was worrisome that school students and teachers had become targets of the criminal act.
He said that the development underscored the urgent need for security agencies to “up their ante’’ in the fight against the scourge.
“Apart from additional funding, equipping and intelligence gathering, capacity of the security agencies must be improved as a matter of priority as this will enable the nipping of this criminal activity in the bud.
“We, however, wish to commend the security agencies for the bursting last week, of a criminal gang of kidnappers which had brought untold hardship and anguish to several Nigerian families.
“It is our hope that this feat is just the start of series of efforts to not only bring this criminal enterprise to an end, but also bring the perpetrators to justice. ‘’
Mr. Makarfi also urged the security agencies and the judiciary to ensure that criminals faced the full wrath of the law.
He said that PDP believed that in any democratic space, allowance must be made for people to express grievances and agitate for the redress of such.
He added that while PDP had no problem with agitations, those calling for succession should respect the legitimate rights and dignity of other citizens.
The chairman described recent altercation which degenerated into the issuance of ultimatum and counter-ultimatum for some Nigerians to leave certain parts of the country as an ill-wind that blew no good.
“Hate speeches either coming from the North, South, East or West must be avoided and be condemned by all of us.’’
Mr. Makarfi, however, prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari and wished him quick recovery.
The war of words between Senator Shehu Sani and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, seem not to have been over as the former on Wednesday described the governor as the “Judas” in President Buhari’s government.
Senator Sani in a statement signed by his Adviser on Politics and Ideology, Suleiman Ahmed, reprimanded Governor El-Rufai for the continuous arrest of journalists criticise his government.
According to the statement, the Kaduna governor has arrested about 7 journalists in the state who have criticized his administration one way or the other.
The statement reads: "Journalists in Kaduna state are under siege; blackmailed, arrested, pocketted or threatened with arrest and as such could not have written such a story.
“El-Rufai jails journalists like Pinochet or Stalin. He is a man with a mouth for criticism but without a stomach for criticism.
“In his two years in office he has jailed not less than 7 Journalists in Kaduna of which many are in court. Kaduna state is run like a personal family and friends estate without any meaningful physical achievement other than sponsored media propaganda.
“El-Rufai has enough money to pay Herdsmen but no money to pay district heads. Kaduna is today littered with abandoned drainages to the point that the rainy season has turned Kaduna into a 'coastal state with creeks'.
“He is auctioning over two thousand Government houses he inherited but he is yet to build a hut.
“The Kaduna state Governor who in his memo accused President Muhammadu Buhari of running a failed Government, has failed also woefully.
“He thinks PMB failed but he never invited PMB to even commission a completed Toilet in his state. Under El-Rufai, Kaduna has become a hub of Kidnappers and a sanctuary for Herdsmen.
“The very Governor who once condemned the National Assembly for lack of transparency has proven to be worse. El-Rufai wants to be seen as an apostle of Buhari's change but he is actually the Judas of change.”
Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over agitations for a sovereign nation.
The governor who said this in a statement issued on his behalf by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said although the Arewa youths quit notice on Igbos was provocative, it was advisable that the Igbo fix the “bridge of relationship” with their Northern counterparts.
He said, “While I blame the Arewa youths who may have acted under provocation and taken the matter beyond scope, the statements were also very inciting and can create disaffection between the north and south-east.
“For the purpose of those who have forgotten, in history, the south-east and north have enjoyed a good political relationship, especially in the days of Shagari. We have been seen as allies and partners politically.
“Except for this past dispensation, for some myopic reasons many Igbo did not see the victory of Buhari coming and we missed the link. We need immediate refixing of this bridge of relationship between the south-east and the north.
“I call on all Igbo persons to dissociate themselves and every northerner and well-meaning Nigerians to distance themselves from these comments from Arewa group and IPOB. Again, let me caution those who are calling for support for IPOB, especially the non-Igbo, to stop henceforth. It is deceitful and inciting and is no longer a welcome development in this part of the world.”
He called on the country’s leaders “to speak out and condemn this act because silence cannot help us in this matter”.
“Leaders ought to take responsibilities now and teach our youths the right things to do. The people in this matter are our children, our youth and they have a duty to listen to us as their parents,” he said.
“It is apparent that we have failed as leaders in this nation, giving room for this hate in families, communities, states and at national levels. We need to take responsibilities as leaders to stop this campaign of hate as that will not do us any good.
“I call on my Igbo brothers, the agitators because there is nothing wrong in doing what others are doing, your style is what is wrong. You can’t be calling for a sovereign nation inside a nation, it is absolutely wrong.
“If you must agitate, I propose you agitate for the Movement for Economic Survival of Igbo People (MOESIP). That will help for the economic survival of our land, making agriculture the mainstay of our economy. That is only when we will command the respect of the rest of the world.”
Former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has said that the silence of the senior pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare and Catholic Priest and Director, Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka on the removal of Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK, from public schools’ curriculum may surprise the devil.
Omokri, who argued that the duo were verbal during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, said they have now lost their voices under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that the social media has been agog with news that the CRK has been expunged from the curriculum, adding that it was a plan by the education minister, Adamu Adamu to foist the study of Islamic religious study as compulsory subject in public secondary schools.
But Omokri maintained that if the teaching of CRK must be stopped in schools, then the teaching of Islamic Religious Knowledge, IRK, must also go away from schools’ curriculum.
He said, “How Pastor Tunde Bakare and Reverend-Father Ejike Mbaka can keep quiet in the face of the removal of Christian Religious Knowledge from our public funded school curriculum may surprise even satan himself!
“These were people that would speak at the drop of a hat under Goodluck Jonathan but now appear to have lost their voice under their Messiah, Muhammadu Buhari.
“Tunde Bakare especially can now see that he may have not been wrong when he said… that “Let me tell you the truth by the spirit of God, neither OBJ, Atiku, IBB and this tall one, Buhari are part of the new. They are part of the old that is decaying. That old one is passing away. The new is emerging and these ones are not part of that new.
“Tunde Bakare can’t condemn the removal of CRK from our curriculum but can send coded messages to Professor Yemi Osinbajo about ‘next in line’ not being king!
“He accused Osinbajo of being a “showoff” in his “bid to register star performances and outdo their benefactors”. My response to Tunde Bakare is this: If Osinbajo’s show off is leading to the appreciation of the Naira, the reduction in the price of diesel, the availability of petrol and the prompt payment of salaries, then not only Osinbajo, but every elected politician should show off.
“By the way, Muhammadu Buhari ran with you and lost; then he ran with Osinbajo and won. Maybe if you had “shown off” you would not have lost the election for Buhari!”
On the takeover of telecommunication network Etisalat Nigeria by banks, Omokri said that those managing the telecommunication network worked with President Buhari and undermined the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration not knowing that they were destroying themselves.
“Those behind Etisalat Nigeria backed Muhammadu Buhari and publicly and privately undermined Goodluck Jonathan, thinking they were destroying GEJ. Today they find that it is themselves they destroyed! They thought that the man whose leadership made Nigeria the largest economy in Africa and the third fastest growing economy in the world was bad.
“They have now seen how good the man who threw our economy into recession has been to them. One by one, the evil that men do will live, not after them, but with them, whether or not they are short in size and live in Kaduna or not!”
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday met with Northern traditional rulers and charged them to always speak up against hate speeches and divisive voices in their respective domains.
In his opening remarks at the meeting held at the old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr. Osinbajo said the meeting had become imperative in view of a spate of divisive statements in recent weeks, pitching the South-East against the North.
He maintained that the divisive rhetoric and agitations were unjustifiable, unacceptable and often times illegal.
“You are, by virtue of your vast knowledge, wisdom and experience, both a vital link with our past, and an important guarantee for the success of our future. This is why your role in national affairs is critical.
“The reason for these series of meetings is well known to all of us; it became necessary in the wake of a spate of divisive statements, in recent months and weeks, pitching the South-East against the North.
“We are all aware of the so-called ‘ultimatum’ issued by a group of Northern youths, asking that all Igbos living in the North vacate the region.
“Before then, there was the clamour, and it’s still on-going, by some south-eastern youths, operating as IPOB and affiliated groups, demanding secession from Nigeria at all costs and by any means.
“In all our previous engagements with Northern and South-Eastern leaders, we all came to the consensus that Nigeria is stronger and better together, and that these hate-filled and divisive rhetoric and agitations are unjustifiable, unacceptable and often times illegal. And I would like to reiterate that today.” he said.
The acting president said that the traditional rulers had a great role to play in checking the divisive tendencies in the country.
He stressed that Nigeria had already seen enough violence and bloodshed during its history.
According to him, the price of Nigeria’s unity has already been paid with the blood and lives of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians lost.
Recalling President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to one Nigeria from his experience in the military, Mr. Osinbajo said Mr. Buhari fought side by side with Nigerians of every tribe and faith.
The acting president said: “We must protect each other, put our lives on the line for each other; we were brothers even in the face of death. This is the type of nation we must maintain.
“As royal fathers and leaders, I think you will agree with me that we all have a role to play in countering the voices of divisiveness, and the elements who seek to take us down a bloody path.
“Let us continue to counsel the misguided elements among our youth, who think that ethnic confrontation is a game and that words can be thrown around carelessly without repercussion.”
Mr. Osinbajo assured the traditional rulers that the “government is not deaf to the legitimate concerns and frustrations in parts of the country.
“Every part of Nigeria has its own grievances. But these have to be expressed graciously and managed with mutuality rather than with scorn and disdain.
“I would like to assure you all that we are here to listen and to answer, and, very importantly, to reassure everyone that we are committed to the unity of Nigeria, and that upon the foundation of that unity we can together build a prosperous and great country.”
He urged all Nigerians to never take the nation’s diversity for granted, saying the fullness of the nation’s strength “actually lies in that diversity.
“And we must wield that diversity, not as divisive tool, but instead as a binding agent.
“As we round up these consultations tomorrow with a meeting with governors, it is clear to me that we are all resolved to by words, conduct and action, promote the unity of our dear nation.” he said
He, however, assured that the government would ensure that “the entire apparatus of government is deployed to ensure that no one threatens Nigeria’s territorial integrity and that no one threatens the lives or livelihoods of any Nigerian living anywhere in the country’’.
While thanking the traditional rulers for their unyielding cooperation and support, Mr. Osinbajo prayed that almighty God would continue to give them the wisdom and the strength to preside over their kingdoms and the good health to reign long and reign well.
Among those who attended the meeting included the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Abubakar III; Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi; and the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar.
Others were, Muhammed, the Emir of Jama’a in Kaduna State; Lawal Hassan, the Emir of Gummi; the Coordinator of the Northern traditional rulers council, Sakaruyi of Karo, Emmanuel Kyauta, and the representative of the Emir of Katsina, Sani Lugga, the Waziri Katsina.
The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Gambari; Mustapha Agwai II, Emir of Lafia in Nasarawa State; Kyari El-Kanemi, Shehu of Bama representing Shehu of Borno and the Gbong Gwon Jos, Jacob Jang, also attended the meeting.
Also at the meeting were Abubakar, Emir of Gombe; Ndakwo Oboni II, Attah Igala, Kogi State; Muhammadu Ibn Abali, the Emir of Fika in Yobe; Attahiru Muhammed, Emir of Anka in Zamfara and James Ayatse, the Tor Tiv.
Adamu Yinusa, the Emir of Abaji, FCT; the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau; National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, also attended the meeting.
The Acting President on Sunday met with traditional rulers from the South-East in continuation of his on-going consultative meetings with leaders of thought across the country.
Mr. Osinbajo will on Wednesday meet with the 36 governors of the federation as part of the on-going consultative meetings with stakeholders in the “Project Nigeria.”
The Chief Executive Officer, Sungold Group Ltd., Abuja, Mr Amarachi Iwuanyanwu, has announced the completion of its first set of 350 Solar powered Energy Estates in Gwarinpa in Abuja.
According to Iwuanyanwu, the set of buildings are part of the over 4,000 being planned for the FCT Abuja and on completion will be first of its kind in Nigeria.
Iwuayanwu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that it is time builders in the country start to think outside the box to meet the housing needs of Nigerians.
He stressed the need for critical infrastructure like power in some housing estates, saying that most elegant buildings remain an “uncompleted project” as owners still need to continually source for energy to make their homes comfortable.
“Housing also becomes more expensive, when you quantify this additional cost of generating power through the use of generators and the attendant environmental pollution it causes.
It becomes necessary for developers to seek permanent solution.
This, he said, informed the idea behind smart homes that will incorporate inbuilt sources of power not dependent on external energy supply.
Iwuanyanwu said, “already this innovation has gone down well with our clients/buyers, who inundate us daily with enquiries about owing such dream homes where power outage no longer constitute a challenge.
He said spurred by the housing deficit in the country, “Sungold a foremost Estate builder is determined with the good environment created by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to build affordable houses in every part of Nigeria.”
NAN reports that according to experts in the housing sector, Nigeria is in deficit of over 17 million housing for its 170 million citizens, whereas China with its 1.3 billion populations has a surplus of 70 million unoccupied houses.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, has assured that the present administration is determined to bridge the housing deficit confronting the nation.
He said this at the inauguration of a housing estate initiated by the Federal Mortgage Bank under public/private partnership agreement in March.