Bakare soft ped­als on use of Ara­bic phrases

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

Pas­tor Tunde Bakare yes­ter­day at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence took time to ex­plain that he has no ob­jec­tion to the use of short Ara­bic phrases by del­e­gates in their com­ments if users will be gra­cious enough to in­ter­pret what they say.

Mus­lims nor­mally start their pub­lic speeches or com­ments with short prayers but Bakare, a day af­ter Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan in­au­gu­rated the Con­fer­ence, ob­jected to the use of Ara­bic by chair­man of the con­fer­ence Jus­tice Idris Kutigi.

On that day, Bakare said “Mr. Chair­man, yes­ter­day you said some­thing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the con­fer­ence and I did not un­der­stand. To­day again, you said it. I think you should pray in the way all of us un­der­stand be­cause if I stand up and say, ‘Praise the Lord some­body,’ we will turn this place into a church ser­vice.”

How­ever yes­ter­day, while prais­ing Kutigi for the way he runs the con­fer­ence and wish­ing him well, he re­called what hap­pened on that day and said there was a need for del­e­gates to build bridges.

He said “on the 18 of March, I made three ob­ser­va­tions and one of them was di­rected at what you said at the open­ing of this con­fer­ence…with a view to build­ing bridges and not walls.

“I have since re­alised that sir, it was not any act of in­tim­i­da­tion on your part, it was just your way of open­ing any meet­ing and part of sen­si­tiv­ity to one an­other is to ac­com­mo­date our­selves. When Nu­rud­deen, my brother from Nupe fin­ished his com­ments yes­ter­day, I took time to go and em­brace him and to thank him for build­ing bridges.

“Mr Chair­man sir, I just want to add…let’s do what the gen­tle­man to­wards my right, I can’t re­mem­ber his name did yes­ter­day when he said Bis­mil­lahir Rah­manir Rahim, he in­ter­preted it into English for us. That way we know that it is a prayer com­ing from the heart. In the good book that I read, Apos­tle Paul said he who speaks in an un­known tongue must also add some in­ter­pre­ta­tion so that oth­ers can ben­e­fit from it.”

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