Third Force: Obasanjo’s Coalition For Nigeria Movement (CNM) Unveiled in Abuja

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Scores of people on Wednesday trooped to the Yar Adua Centre in Abuja, for the official launch of what was supposed to be former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s ‘Coalition for Nigeria Movement’, known also as the Third Force.

The event, which held at Musa Yar’adua Center, was attended by young Nigerians from all walks of life.

The former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who formally launched the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) on Wednesday in Abuja, stressed that the organization is just a “movement.”

He further stressed that he has not renounced his membership in All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that there are two different things between a party and movement.

“The aims and objectives of the coalition, it makes it mandatory for us to hit the ground running. Time is not on our side and if we are going to effect the aims of the coalition them we must run fast “

The former Governor pointed out that the old ones in the coalition would be like the guardian angel while the young ones would be in the driver seat and steer the ship of the country.

“What we are trying to do is like a guardian angel, it is you that must decide who is to do what and at what level. That is why we are having this meeting today and putting it back to you.”

The movement also lambasted the Federal Government over “the rising unemployment, insecurity and absence of credible socio-economic programmes” in the country.

Oyinlola said, “Youth unemployment has hit the roof. Every year, we produce millions of graduates who will soon realise that the country has no place for them. The devil will always find one horrible job or the other for the idle hands. The youths who manage to have jobs are not guaranteed their salaries at the end of the month. Even companies in the private sector are facing very difficult times with very great effects on their employees and their capacity to expand. Every sensible person knows that there is trouble ahead unless something urgent is done.”

“It is in our plan of action to democratically build and enthrone a new set of youthful and knowledgeable leadership for this country. We shall have offices and elected officers in every ward, Local Government Areas, states and in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“The membership of the movement is open to all Nigerians of voting age. On funding, it is our belief that the money to run its affairs will come from the contributions of members at each level. The movement must not belong to a moneybag somewhere. That is the only way we do not end up as the problems we set out to solve.”



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