Obasanjo Stole Our Idea For Coalition For Nigeria – Group Cries Out

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The Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM) led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been described as a fake which stole its name.

CNM was launched in Abuja on Wednesday and has former governors Donald Duke and Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Cross River and Osun states respectively as members.

However, a group called the Coalition for Nigeria (CN) has accused CNM of stealing its idea.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the National Coordinator of CN, Mr Sabo Odeh, said the CNM was made up of tired politicians who have failed the nation.

Odeh said Nigerians must not allow themselves to be deceived into thinking both groups were the same.

He said, “Our coalition is not limited to creating a backdoor for retired and tired politicians to install puppets in government for the purpose of continuing to loot the treasury while ruling by impunity as had been experienced in the past.

“The Coalition for Nigeria, having the best intentions of our dear nation at heart, is careful to go about effecting change in a way that does not jeopardise the stability and safety of Nigeria. There is nothing to be gained in burning our country in the name of seeking improvement; the reforms we all desire are achievable through persuasion, consensus building and collaboration without resorting to inflammatory acts and utterances as we have seen with some people.

“Our coalition is made up of Nigerians that yearn for a better country with the firm belief that the dismantling of the infrastructure for corruption is a necessary first step that ensure that we can then build the country on a solid foundation that provides level playing field to all citizens.

“The authentic Coalition for Nigeria will continue to pursue the noble objective of having credible persons to drive the Nigerian Project irrespective of differences pertaining to class, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation.”

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