Okorocha Fires Back at Pastor Bakare over Comments on Igbos

Senator representing Imo West and Presidential aspirant in the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday lashed out at Lagos-based cleric, Pastor Tunde Bakare for his comments that the Igbos cannot rule Nigeria for now, because they are under a curse.

THECONSCIENCEng gathered that Okorocha spoke on Tuesday at his Unity House Campaign office in Abuja while receiving the National Youth Leader of the APC, Mr Dayo Israel,where he stated clearly that rather than liabilities, Igbos are an asset to Nigeria and that they are not the problem of the country.

In a video that has now gone viral, Pastor Bakare General Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly said: “Why should anyone in this country say the Igbo man cannot be president of Nigeria?

I was at Imo State and I told them the reason why the Igbo cannot rule Nigeria and I want to remove the curse today. Do you know what happened?

The day Tafawa Balewa was killed, they removed his turban, poured wine on his head, forced him to drink and shot him. In the process, he cursed them saying, ‘none of your tribe will ever rule Nigeria.

“I want to break the curse today because this generation of Igbos was not part of those people.

By the authority of God’s word, I reverse the curse of Tafawa Balewa over the Igbo generation. Henceforth, the Igbo’s will have access to the throne-like any other Nigerian”.


However, Okorocha in his reaction said; “When I listened to Bakare mention that the Igbos are cursed in the cause of his preaching, I think that is an overstatement and unwarranted preaching.

I must state here categorically that Igbos are not cursed and they will never be cursed.

“They are peaceful and blessed Nigerians who are found in every nook and cranny of this country.

They may not be good politicians, because of the kind of politics we play in Nigeria, but definitely, they are not cursed. Igbos are a great asset to this country. They are not the problem”