The founder of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has lashed out at fellow clerics who protested the implementation of the recently suspended Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria Act 2011.
The Serving Overseer of The Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has condemned religious leaders in the nation who are against the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria Act 2011.
Bakare in his usual vocal attitude to national issues, expressed his displeasure at the handling of the FRCN Act by clerics especially of the pentecostal denomination.
The fiery cleric was speaking during a monitored church service in his church on Sunday.
He said by opposing the law, church leaders were trying to prevent the public from knowing about acts of money laundering that they had indulge in by virtue of their positions.
Recall that Pastor Enoch Adeboye had earlier resigned as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God citing the Act as his reason.
Adeboye’s resignation was not taken lightly by the christian faithfuls and the inttensified outcry lead to the sacking of the FRCN Secretary, John Obazee and the subsequent suspension of the Act by the presidency
In Bakare’s words: “I can testify that the law was explained to kingpins in the church, but now you want to get away because you want to cover your iniquity. You won’t get away with it.
“You want to get away because you have laundered money, and you are now trying to cover your yansh”.
Bakare, who is also the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, praised the law, saying it was good for order and accountability in the church.
“I am a trained lawyer, I have read the law. The law specifically mentioned Chief Imams and pastors, that they can have lifelong terms. But it says you cannot be chief priest, chief treasurer, and chief administrator.”
He described church leaders who oppose the law as “pentecostal charismatic rascals” who want to do whatever they like even if the law says otherwise.
“You don’t want to comply with the law, then why did you register under the law? It is a spirit of lawlessness and the anti-Christ because the anti-Christ is a lawless spirit.”
Bakare noted that he was being patient and was waiting for the right time to speak officially on the matter, saying “the fact that I am quiet doesn’t mean I am stupid. I don’t fight useless battles”.
He urged fellow clerics to see the Act as a way of enforcing good leadership and accountability in the church instead of the perceived persecution of the church and Christians by the incumbent administration.