The Coalition For Nigeria Movement, CNM, has quickly dismissed insinuation that it was rolling out Obasanjo’s script.
The coalition maintained that it was an independent movement aimed at moving Nigeria forward.
Former Governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun state and Donald Duke of Cross-River state were among many notable politicians and youth leaders from across Nigeria who came together on Wednesday in Abuja to launch a new movement, Coalition For Nigeria Movement (CNM).
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had in his open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, advocated for the formation of a Coalition.
Present at the Abuja Press Conference were: Former PDP chairman Ahmadu Ali, Alhaji Buba Galadima and Bashorun Segun Runswe, Akin Osuntokun, among many other prominent Nigerians.
Speaking at the launch, former governor Oyinlola said the “movement was not launched to legitimise OBJ’s legacies.”
Prince Oyinlola pointed out that the messages raised in Obasanjo’s letter were true and should be looked into, but maintained that the launch of the movement was just a coincidence.
He said himself and other notable Nigerians felt “the time has come that the youths should take the lead while the elders only provide guidance.”
He added, “We are forming the movement to give the youths the chance to savage the country. We, the elders will only provide guidance.
“We will be doing these together to savage Nigeria from total collapse.
“This is not a political party, at least for now. If it must turn into a political party, it must be the collective decision of all of us in the movement.
“Let me also add that we are not formed to legitimise OBJ legacies.” In his remarks, former Cross River governor Donald Duke, said sincere politicians were few in the country.”
“What we have are those who just want to get to power, and they need just any political party”, he said.
He called on the youths to join the movement and rescue the country.