Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday, told members of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, being promoted by him, to be battle ready to remove President Muhammadu Buhari and take over power in 2019.
He called on the coalition members to note that they would be threatened in the struggle to redeem Nigeria but assured them that as the founder of the movement, he would not neglect them when he is needed.
Obasanjo made this known at the inauguration of the Oyo State Chapter of the movement, held at Trans Amusement Park, Ibadan, where he charged members of the coalition to propagate the need for all qualified electorates to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, ahead of the poll.
“Everybody must be determined to rescue Nigeria, it may not be easy, however, the God who performed wonders sometime ago, will again perform wonders. We have (seen), in this country, where five political parties endorsed a single person and God was laughing and knew what he would do. If we are leaving everything to God, we must do our best. Get your PVCs and encourage others,” he said.
The ex-president reiterated his call for CNM members to be focused and determined, stating that only cowards run away from the war front.
“Take note, they will threaten you, but don’t be discouraged. It is only cowards who run away from the war front. Having gone this far, I won’t leave you dry. Get your PVC. I don’t think anybody can threaten me again. Remember I have been to prison for an offence I do not know anything about,” he said.
The founder of the movement reiterated that CNM was established to rescue Nigeria from its present worrisome condition after deep thought and reasonable consultations, stressing that “this time we have started to do things right.”
Newsworth recalls that Obasanjo had urged President Buhari, in a special press statement, not to seek re-election in 2019, saying the president had failed.
The former leader said the ruling APC and main opposition PDP were no options for the country, and vowed to lead a “third force” to put a new administration in place.
But Buhari has gone ahead to declare his intention to run for second term, telling his party executives that the decision was informed by the clamour from Nigerians. Recently in Bauchi, he expressed confidence in winning the 2019 election, stressing that this is because he has not been found wanting.
But speaking in Ibadan, Obasanjo said, “I don’t think at my age, I should continue to complain and not find solution. It came in my statement on the 3rd of January that CNM was made out of the reality of the situation in Nigeria, deep thought and reasonable consideration. CNM is to find solution to the situation we have found ourselves.”
He also declared that anybody who wants the present situation of the country to continue needs his or her head examined, pointing out that such characters should not be seen as friends of the masses nor of the country at large.
“If anybody wants this situation to continue, his head must be examined. Those of you who have been victimized by the situation and want the situation to continue can’t be friends of Nigeria,” he said.
The ex-president also disclosed that at the appropriate time the movement will go into alliance with other movements of like minds. He tasked the executive of the movement across the country to ensure that the youth are given pride of space, with a view that they should be given 30 per cent and women 30 per cent in all organs of the movement.