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New group urges citizens to rescue Nigeria

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Jhalil Tafawa Balewa

A new group, the Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) has urged Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora to wake up to the responsibility of rescuing the country from clueless politicians, leaders and administrators.

The movement, which is being propelled by prominent and radical Nigerians like former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba and Dr. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa as co-chairmen, Professor Pat Utomi and Rabiu Ishyaku Rabiu, Comrade Isah Aremu and Chief Akin Osuntokun as deputy chairmen among others, said it aims to rescue Nigeria from corrupt and inert political leadership and system by the year 2019.

In a statement yesterday, the Head National Publicity Bureau, Mallam Naseer Kura said, “NIM, a pro democracy movement and pressure group of like-minded Nigerians, committed to changing the political order, which has failed to fashion a Nigeria that works for all, is conceived as the Third Political Force to rescue Nigeria from corrupt and inert political leadership and system by the year 2019.”

Kura added that the movement is concerned that the political elite, since Nigeria attained independence in 1960 and particularly since the exit of the military from visible power in 1999, has proved that it is ill-equipped and unprepared for the challenge of transforming the country from its underdeveloped status to one that is prosperous and can create a veritable environment for the realization of its citizens’ potentials and well-being.

The movement also said “it is clear that the political elite, as currently represented by the two dominant political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) among others, have failed Nigerians for lack of clear Ideology and principle on how to run the country”

The movement warned that if the country is left to be continuously run and managed by present crop of political leadership, “The nation would be dragged into a state of indescribable human misery characterized by death, hunger, disease, illiteracy and manipulation.

It is therefore imperative of the NIM, being unable to continue to stand aloof, “to create a Third Political Force, a platform to mobilise all citizens of goodwill and conscience towards engendering a new political system and culture in Nigeria capable of bringing about the desired opportunities for all to actualize their dreams and potentialities; a nation where no man or group is oppressed.”

The statement reads: “To this end, NIM is presenting to all Nigerian citizens at home and in the Diaspora, a road map towards achieving the political alternative to the existing visionless, ill equipped and unprepared political leadership and order in Nigeria.

“We call particularly all Nigerian youths; women and the vulnerable to urgently heed this call by joining and supporting the agenda and road map of NIM adopted on Tuesday, 9th January 2018 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

“This is no doubt, a revolutionary Time Table of Action, which profoundly tallies with the milestones contained in the 2019 elections Time table released later that same day by the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC).

“For we are very confident that Nigerians can together end the misery of the past 19 years and give to themselves a nation of their own making and dream.”

The movement also expressed deep commiseration with the governments and peoples of Benue, Taraba and Southern Kaduna on the mass murder of their folks; alleged to have been murdered by herdsmen, promising to undertake condolence visits to the trouble spots as well as a strategic advocacy engagement of the Nigerian Presidency towards proffering enduring solutions to herdsmen/farmer conflicts in Nigeria

Disclosing that the movement’s membership is free for all Nigerians, Kura urged Nigerians to urgently take ownership of the platform by donating generously (in the Obama campaign model) to the historic cause of rescuing Nigeria from merchants and traders in power, saying, “Membership can be accessed and acquired through a dedicated website: nim.org.ng. or at the Temporary National Secretariat of NIM at No 8 Kayes Street, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja and its Lagos Annex at Ojodu Estate, Ikeja, Lagos in the meantime.”

Other notable personalities behind the movement include Hajia Aisha Aliyu, woman leader; Mr. Dayo Israel, youth leader; Dr. Osagie Obayuwana, legal adviser; Hajia Shetu Alfa Ibrahim, treasurer; Col. Abubakar Umar Dangiwa (rtd), ex –officio; former Minister Education, Dr Obby Ezekwesilli, ex –officio; Mrs Ayo Obe, ex –officio and Sir Olawale Okunniyi, National Secretary/Director General.



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