The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) has said it will welcome new coalitions, groups, and others to what it called the 3rd Force Initiative.
The Deputy Director General (Media and Publicity Bureau) of the NIM Naseer Kura said in a statement that events of the last few days have showing the swift and positive response of Nigerians to the philosophy and the message of the movement is a manifestation that the NIM holds a shared vision with the majority of Nigerians.
“This is underscored by the recent, historic statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose clarion call on like-minded Nigerians from different states and regions of the Federation, different religious beliefs and backgrounds, groups of Nigerians from different professional and sectorial leanings should come together to create an environment for the realization of the citizens’ potentials and aspirations.
“NIM was conceived as a ‘third force movement’ for the mobilization of Nigerians towards changing the socio-political contraption by democratic means on account of the failure of both the ruling APC and the opposition PDP to utilise the goodwill received from the peoples of Nigeria in the last 18 years,” Kura said.
According to him it is important that the NIM welcomes the Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM), an earlier launched Wale Ajani-led Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CONIM) and other groups like Revive Nigeria Group (RNG), and Restoration Group among others aiming to lead the country out of its challenges.
Members of the movement according to reports include a former Governor of Cross River Donald Duke, a former governor of the CBN Charles Soludo, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, and renowned economist Prof. Pat Utomi.
Others are a former Minister of Education Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Information Frank Nweke Jnr, Col. Abubakar Umar (retd), Mrs Ayo Obe, Alhaji Rabiu Ishyaku Rabiu, and a former presidential adviser Prof Akin Osuntokun, among others.