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Obasanjo Registers as CNM Member in Abeokuta
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday, registered as a member of the Coalition of Nigerian Movement (CNM).
Obasanjo, who stormed the secretariat of the Ogun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oke – Ilewo, Abeokuta, was with former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun State) , ex – Governor Donald Duke(Cross Rivers) and former Minister , Mrs Dupe Adelaja.
Obasanjo who registered his membership by 12:52pm, said that it was high time the country rethink on how things were being done, if the country hoped to witness true development, unity, cooperation and progress.
The former President’s registration was coming days after he wrote a special press statement to President Muhammadu Buhari about state of the nation.
He said Nigeria must change for better, adding that the real change must be brought about by the nation’s youth and women who were often the direct victims of things that were not working well.
Obasanjo stated that the registration was a very important ceremony as a follow up to the earlier letter issued by him about the state of the nation where he also offered his piece of advice.
He also lamented the present security apparatus of Nigeria, saying it negated the federal character principle enshrined in the constitution.
His words: ” Coalition for Nigeria Movement is proposed as the new direction to mobilise our population for unity, cooperation, development, rule of law, employment, law and order, justice, integration, peace, security, stability, welfare and well-being. In these regards, special attention and space must be given to youths and women who in most cases have been victims and underlings”.
“Nobody and group should feel excluded in his or her own country. Inclusion and popular participation must be visibly pursued in terms of politics, the economy and our overall social life”
He said he was happy to be a member of the Movement, saying “The movement is a pressure point towards good governance”.
Obasanjo urged the people to mobilise membership for the movement all over the world, saying it is an opportunity for the youths and women who felt they have been marginalised in one way or the other.
“This Movement is not about personality or personalities but about platform and system. Our system so far has not given us what we must have. For the first time we are building a platform from bottom-up”.
The Movement, he said ” It must work to bring about a new democratic and efficient Nigeria”.
While answering, a reporter’s question, Obasanjo said his letter to President Buhari was not out of bitterness, hatred or “bad belle” but for the interest of Nigeria and the President.