By Chinedu James
The Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), a movement spearheaded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that it has registered about three million Nigerians. The revelation was made by the former President and leader of the Coalition, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo while speaking at the 14th Annual Lecture of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), a non-governmental organisation in Lagos.
“The Coalition for Nigeria Movement is penetrating to the grassroots. And presently there are over three million members who had registered.”
Obasanjo’s coalition was conceived as part of his dissatisfaction with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. In a public treatise, the former president described Buhari as clannish, shallow on the economy and lacking in capacity to build a united Nigeria.
Obasanjo describes his coalition “as the new direction to mobilize our population for unity, cooperation, development, rule of law, employment, law and order, justice, integration, peace, security, stability, welfare and well-being.”
As the 2019 elections draw nigh, Nigeria political terrain becomes more unpredictable with the generals including former president Ibrahim Babangida expressing concerns at the weakening of Nigeria’s unity under the APC’s led President Buhari. Babangida has advised Buhari not to seek for re-election in 2019.
Former Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, and a major actor in Nigeria’s political calculation, recently accused the army of taking sides with terrorist-herdsmen.
“The armed forces are not neutral.They collude with the armed bandits to kill people, kill Nigerians,” said Danjuma at the maiden convocation of the Taraba State University in Jalingo, the state capital yesterday, Saturday.
“I ask all of you to be on the alert and defend your country, defend your state. “This ethnic cleansing must stop in Taraba, and it must stop in Nigeria. These killers have been protected by the military; they cover them and you must be watchful to guide and protect yourselves because you have no other place to go”, said Danjuma.
Observers say what appears to be a gang-up of the generals is taking foot. But political watchers say government has itself to blame for accusations of clannishness and slothful approach to addressing rising security concerns.
By Chinedu James