Pastor Tunde Bakare, the General Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, on Thursday, refuted reports alleging that he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of disappointing Nigerians.
Bakare claimed that his comment during an interview with Dele Momodu, Publisher of Ovation Magazine was misquoted.
The clergyman was reported to have said Nigerians are feeling disappointed because they expected the Buhari-led government to bring about change.
He was quoted to have said Nigerians appeared to have been shortchanged by the APC-led government.
Dismissing the reports, Bakare explained that he only said Nigerians are entitled to say they are disappointed, amid the competing demands.
Appearing on Arise Television, the clergyman said,
“The truth of the matter is, that was an Instagram live interview that lasted for over 2 hours and the audio and the video will be available, I’m sure the publisher of Ovation Media, Bashorun Dele Momodu, can make that available to the public.
“I said, if I remember correctly, that the coming of President Buhari into power in 2015 was a breath of fresh air to so many people.
“But in the midst of all competing demands, the conflicts and everything that happened, the expectations they had; not all of them would have been met. And, therefore, Nigerians are entitled to say they are disappointed.
“I did not use the words ‘Buhari has disappointed Nigerians’. I will not ask the papers not to sell their papers using any headline. Sometimes they make their own deduction from what was spoken but those words were not exactly or expressly spoken by me.
“I choose to be moderate in all that I say. Except I have concrete facts, I do not just talk.”