Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has officially launched the Coalition for Nigeria Movement in Ogun State.
This comes a day after the third-force movement was launched in Abuja with former governors of Cross River and Osun states, Donald Duke and Olagunsoye Oyinlola in attendance.
Obasanjo arrived at the Iwe Irohin NUJ Press Centre, Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta, accompanied Duke and Oyinlola, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka, Mrs. Modupe Adelaja and top politicians from the All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party.
The ex-president was afterward decorated with the official emblem of the Movement by Duke, Sun writes.
During his address at the packed hall, Obasanjo said his explosive letter to Buhari last week was born not out of frivolity, but out of great concern for the situation in the country.
He noted that Nigeria as a nation cannot continue business as usual, hence the need for sweeping changes.
“If the instrument we have used since independence has not worked, then we should rethink and retool to make the country work.”
Obasanjo stressed that the Coalition was set up to mobilize Nigerians for peace, unity, security, stability, love, welfare and the wellbeing of vulnerable Nigerians, particularly youth and women who, according to him, have been at the receiving end of national crises.
He mentioned the disrespect for the federal character as enshrined in the country’s constitution, the spate of killings and violence across the country, and the parlous nature of Nigeria’s economy under President Buhari’s administration, as some of the reasons for the Coalition.
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