BREAKING: Igbo Board of Deputies drags Pastor Tunde Bakare to court over ‘hate speech and genocidal comments’ during sermon

The Igbo Board of Deputies, made up of extractive actors from the South East, has pledged to bring Pastor Tunde Bakare of Citadel Global Community Church, Lagos State to justice over his alleged speech of hatred and his genocidal comments against the Igbo people of Nigeria.

The Igbo stakeholders, in a pre-litigation letter to the cleric on Tuesday, said Bakare should retract his statements using the same pulpit within seven days from the date hereof.

The Igbo Group, through its attorney, Austin Okeke Attorneys, said it would “approach the appropriate forum, both local and international, for all available legal remedies. These actions will be on your behalf.

The letter was copied to 76 different national and international organizations and personalities.

It reads: ‘We act for the Igbo Council of Deputies, a not-for-profit ‘NPC’ and its trustees at this time ‘our clients’ under whose instructions we are writing this letter to you. We have waited respectfully for the end of Lent and Easter to send you this letter. It is our instruction not to join you in the desecration of a most sacred and holy season of Lent; it is the foundation of the Christian faith all over the world. Your hate speech and premeditated incitement to ethnic cleansing of the Igbo people in Nigeria has been broadcast and seen in the heart of Lent. You’re really pastoring a church.

“We have waited in vain for you to renounce, on your own initiative, your hate speech and/or withdraw the incitement to genocide against the Igbo people. It is very evident that your speech for the day has been well thought out, planned and executed in such a way as to achieve the purpose for which it was designed. These comments were made deliberately at a very fragile and tense period in Nigeria’s history, where insecurity and killings are rife.

“We have been informed that circa April 2022, you, from the pulpit of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, Nigeria, “your church” and in front of a multitude of congregants, worshipers and viewers around the world, made inciting comments against the Igbo. people as follows: “The day the late Tafawa Balewa was killed, the Igbo soldiers arrested him, took off his turban, poured wine on his head, forced him to drink, then have shot down. While he was being killed, he cursed the Igbo race; that they would never rule Nigeria.'”

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“We are of the opinion that your comments of the day have been calculated to incite and inflame hatred against the Igbo by one region of the country. It was the kind of lies sold to other parts of Nigeria as part of the hate campaign that justified and culminated in the mass murder and ensuing pogrom against the Igbo people before, during and after the civil war Nigeria- Biafra of 1967 which would have caused more than 3 million deaths. Igbo life.

“We are informed that your own account of the 1966 military coup and in particular the death of the then Nigerian Prime Minister; Alhaji Tafawa Balewa is false because you were not present and therefore cannot be considered a credible witness.

“In the circumstances, we have been instructed to request that you, as we do hereby, retract your statements using the same pulpit within 7 days of the date hereof. Failing that, we have instructions for approaching the appropriate forum, both local and international, for any legal remedies available. These shares will be in your account. We hope the above does not become necessary, and we do not want you to get into this quagmire.

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The letter was copied to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights; the International Criminal Court; and the International Court of Justice.

In addition, it was sent to the President of Nigeria, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Speaker of the Senate of Nigeria, Embassy of the United States of America, European Union and African Union, among others.

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