The management of Wema Bank PLC, has clarified issues concerning the online publication titled: “Pastor Tunde Bakare Faces Humiliation as Wema Bank Moves to Recover N9 Billion Used To Build Church.”
The publication, which permeated the online media on Monday, December 27th, 2021, alleged that, the serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, (CGCC), Tunde Bakare, may be in for trouble because he cannot service his Wema Bank loan, used to build his Oregun Ikeja, church auditorium.
As if gloating over the alleged incident, the writer said, consequent upon the development, the ‘bank’s axe’ (Wema Bank), might fall on the cleric.
In reaction, the management of the first generation Bank, at an event organized by the Bank, exonerated Pastor Bakare from the news report, saying that, Wema Bank will not accept any information that will discredit any of its customers, not to talk of an esteemed customer like Tunde Bakare who the Bank has a long standing relationship with.
According to the Bank’s Managing Director, Ademola Adebise, who said under its POB 101, Wema Bank holds its customers data with secrecy, and therefore, the information on the said publication does not emanate from its office; adding that Pastor Bakare has an impeccable business record with the organization since doing business with him.
On the part of Pastor Bakare, who had earlier released an interview session he had with one of Nigerian newspapers that queried the source of money he used to build such an edifice like ‘The Citadel’, also spoke publicly for the first time about the news story on December 31st, 2021 during the church’s crossover service.
Clergyman Bakare stated that the report is disturbing and distracting which he wouldn’t have bothered commenting on but for his congregation, his followers, and Nigeria as a whole.