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1/31/2018

GO AND READ OBASANJO’S LETTER AGAIN, NIM TELLS BUHARI

GO AND READ OBASANJO’S LETTER AGAIN, NIM TELLS BUHARI
The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) which is mobilising Nigerians to oust President Muhammadu Buhari and his All
Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the president to go back and read the letter sent to him by a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
NIM in a statement issued yesterday in Lagos, also said it was willing to open talks and alliances with any offshoot coalitions emerging from Obasanjo clarion call and would be willing to bring them onboard the third force agenda for Nigeria.
In the statement which was signed by MIN’s   Deputy Director General (Media and Publicity Bureau), Mr. Naseer Kura, the group said it has members in all the 36 states of the federation, the Federal Capital Territory and in the Diaspora.
It said: “There are states and local government areas facilitators in all the states as well as the FCT. NIM has zonal chairpersons who are responsible for providing leadership and coordination of the 6 geo-political zones. There are national officers who are all members of the National Steering Committee.”
Reacting to the federal government and the APC’s responses to Obasanjo’s letter, NIM said it was obvious that neither the APC nor the federal government had read the letter thoroughly.
It then advised Buhari to go back and read the letter again and response to each and every item raised therein.
It said: “Obasanjo’s letter of January 23, 2018, raised a number of issues where the Buharis’ government ought to have done better given the rare goodwill received from Nigerians by the administration but which it failed to appreciate.
“However, some sympathisers of the present regime have since raised questions as to the motive behind the writing of the letter by Obasanjo.
“On the part of NIM, the issues raised by Obasanjo in his letter are germane and are in tandem with the views expressed late last year in NIM’s statements on the worrisome state of the country.
“Despite the response of the federal government, which suggests that it has not taken time to read the letter, as its response was a feeble attempt at defending its obvious, verifiable failures, while also employing deliberate ‘scapegoatism’, we wish to call on President Buhari to read the letter again, accept responsibility, isolate the issues and address them. NIM believes that if this government means well, it still has enough time and the resources to address the concerns raised in the letter.”

While applauding Obasanjo’s endorsement for the third force initiative, NIM said it was willing to open talks and alliances with any offshoot coalitions emerging from Obasanjo clarion call and shall be willing to bring them onboard the third force agenda for Nigeria.


According to the group, the swift, positive response of the Nigerian people to the overriding philosophy and the message of NIM is a clear manifestation that NIM holds a shared vision with the majority of the Nigerian populace and that its emergence was demand driven.

“This is underscored by the recent, historic statement by Obasanjo,  whose clarion call on like-minded Nigerians from different states and regions of the federation, different religious beliefs and backgrounds, groups of Nigerians from different professional and sectoral leanings should come together to create an environment for the realisation of the citizens’ potential and aspirations,” it added.
NIM said Obasanjo’s views clearly resonated with the basic principle and goal of the NIM which necessitated its formation on November 28, 2017.

The group said it welcomed the Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM), an earlier launched Wale Ajani-led Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CONIM) as well as other groups such as Revive Nigeria Group, Restoration Group and others that aim to lead the country out of the current precipice.
NIM said it also welcomed all men and women of goodwill across the country who are determined to see Nigeria out of the woods.
 It said it had been inundated on a daily basis with calls and inquiries for membership and support from Nigerians from across the length and breadth of the country and in the diaspora.
NIM said it had members in all the states of the federation and the Diaspora.
Boasting of its spread across the country, NIM said: “There are states and local government areas facilitators in all the states as well as the FCT.
“NIM has zonal chairpersons who are responsible for providing leadership and coordination of the six geo-political zones. There are national officers who are all members of the national steering committee.
“The list of the members of the national steering committees is being updated at the moment. There are groups that are in partnership with or have formed alliances with NIM. These partners and allies of NIM are groups or organisations that have their structures and distinct set up but coalescing within NIM’s Rainbow Coalition. These groups and organisations, however, have the same or similar objectives to engender a prosperous Nigeria that works for all with NIM.”
The group thanked the media for the wide publicity of its activities.
It said: “The Nigerian media has again demonstrated its love for the country. We call upon the media to remain steadfast and consistent in promoting the fraternity that binds us together in terms of our shared humanity and values such as justice, freedom and liberty bequeathed to us by our forebears who fought the colonialists and secured our independence.


“We thank all our members and compatriots for their support in our short period of existence. We call upon them to remain vigilant and ensure that they participate in the democratic process particularly the electoral process by ensuring that everyone of voting age register to vote and get their PVCs ready for the 2019 electoral revolution in Nigeria.”

 NIM described itself as a political movement recently initiated by credible fresh breed and new generation of leaders of conscience for the actualisation of popular democratic reordering of Nigeria by all citizens, who are committed to replacing the present foisted warped political order in the country, which has failed to fashion a Nigeria that works for all


The group was conceived as a third force movement,  for the mobilisation of Nigerians towards changing the socio-political contraption by democratic means on account of the failure of both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to utilise the goodwill received from the peoples of Nigeria in the last 18 years
NIM said these elitist contraptions were ill-equipped and unprepared for the challenge of transforming our nation from its underdeveloped status to one that is prosperous and creates the environment for the realization of citizens’ potential and aspirations.


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