Tunde Bakare is a Nigerian prophet and apostolic pastor. He was the running mate of Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in the 2011 presidential election. He was a member of the Deeper Life Bible Church and served as its Legal Adviser before leaving to join the Redeemed Christian Church of God, where he not only became a Pastor but also founded the Model Parish before being called to establish the Latter Rain Assembly, which was later renamed Global Citadel Community Church (CGCC).
Early Life and Education
Tunde Bakare was born on November 11, 1954, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, into a family with a strong Islamic background. On September 24, 1974, he became a Christian. He studied law at the University of Lagos between 1977 and 1980. After completing his NYSC, he was called to the bar in 1981 and worked for Gani Fawehinmi Chambers, Rotimi Williams & Co, and Burke & Co, Solicitors.
In October 1984, he founded his own law company, Tunde Bakare & Co (El-Shaddai Chambers). He was called into ministry in May 1988, at the zenith of his legal career, and pioneered the Redeemed Christian Church of God‘s 1st Model parish. He then created The Latter Rain Assembly on April 1, 1989, and is now the church’s Serving Overseer.
He is the president of the Global Apostolic Impact Network (GAIN), a network of churches, ministries, and kingdom businesses committed to expanding God’s Kingdom on Earth. Dr. Bakare is also the President of Latter Rain Ministries, Inc. (Church Development Center) in Atlanta, Georgia, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the church to its biblical roots. Dr. Lester Sumrall, his spiritual leader and mentor, requested that he be awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree by Indiana Christian University in 1996 in recognition of his years of service and global impact in ministry.
Tunde Bakare was chosen as the running mate of Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria’s 2011 Presidential Elections on the platform of The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Tunde Bakare said to his church members in 2019 that he intends to succeed Buhari as President of Nigeria, saying, “Nothing can stop me from succeeding Buhari as President of Nigeria.” Buhari is number 15 and I am number 16. It’s something I’ve never told you before. Nothing can affect what I’m saying right now. He (Buhari) is number 15 in the name of Jesus. I am number 16 on the list. I was born for this purpose and came into the world for this cause. For more than 30 years, I’ve been preparing you for this.” This elicited a range of reactions from politicians, including Ikechukwu Amaechi, who claimed the pastor had previously issued a prophecy predicting that Olusegun Obasanjo would not be elected president in 2003, despite the fact that the reverse was the case.
He lost the 2023 APC’s presidential ticket to Tinubu.
Influence & Impact
In order to give back to mankind, he founded The Family Heritage Foundation, which provides scholarships to underprivileged students from all walks of life both inside and outside the country.
In 2007, he founded the International Centre for Reconstruction and Development (ICRD), dedicated to re-engineering Nigeria’s and Africa’s social, economic, and political landscapes.
Tunde Bakare is also the Convener of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), a coalition of pro-democracy organizations and individuals with a clear mandate to raise political awareness and participation among Nigerian citizens through strategic initiatives. After decades of speaking truth to power and standing on the side of the oppressed, Dr. Bakare has broadened the scope of his political activity in an effort to Save Nigeria, Change Nigeria, and Make Nigeria Great Again.
Tunde Bakare is happily married to Layide Bakare and they are blessed with five wonderful children
According to multiple sources online, Tunde Bakare estimated net worth is around $1-5 million.