Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday officially signed up for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, telling reporters afterwards that he can a “new Nigeria in the hands of God”.
He said this on Thursday while registering as a member of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, which he had made a case for in a scathing assessment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration which was delivered in a special press statement.
In the letter last week to President Muhammadu Buhari, Obasanjo had said neither the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, nor the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, could give Nigeria the leadership it deserves.
“We need a Coalition for Nigeria, CN. Coalition to salvage and redeem our country. You can count me with such a movement,” Obasanjo had said.
At a ceremony staged at the NUJ secretariat, Abeokuta, Obasanjo completed the membership form of the movement and handed same over to former Osun governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who is the national coordinator of the group.
The elder statesman was upbeat that the movement would raise the standard of political leadership and governance and help propel the country forward.
Composing a new song for the nation, he said, “I see a new Nigeria in the hands of God and we will all be witnesses of the emergence of a new Nigeria.’’
Addressing journalists and other attendees after his registration, he said, “Coalition for Nigeria Movement is proposed as the new direction to mobilise the country’s population for unity, cooperation, development, rule of law, employment, law and order, justice, integration, peace, security, welfare and well-begin.
“I am happy to be a member of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement. The movement is a pressure point towards good governance. This is the commencement of our popular and grassroots association.
“It is necessary to make clear that this movement does not regard itself as a third force. It sees itself as a popular movement that can accommodate all Nigeria irrespective of their political interest or afflictions and will propel Nigeria forward.
“Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians to be made right and the coalition with others of the same view and like minds will leave no stone unturned to actualise God-given potentials of our country. The movement will spearhead process, programme, policies and priorities to make Nigeria a great country playing its expected roles within West Africa, Africa and the world.”
The former president however warned that he would withdraw his membership of the movement, if it decides transform into a political party.
“If the movement decides to transform itself and go into politics, I will cease to be a member. And as a member for now, I accept all the conditions attached to membership of the coalition,” he said.