By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday declared that nobody can intimidate or scare him over his belief in the Nigeria project.
Chief Obasanjo said this in Ibadan while speaking at a Town Hall meeting of the Oyo State Chapter of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement ((CNM) held at the Trans Amusement park .
The former President disclosed that no amount of intimidation or threat can dimish his concern and struggle for a better Nigeria, saying, “I will continue to look for the peace of Nigeria” adding that it is now time for Nigerians to be prepared for a tough task ahead of them .
“It is not easy to remove fruit from palm kernel but if you think it will be easy to deliver Nigeria, you’re deceiving yourselves. But God that did it yesterday will do it today again. We should not be discouraged. We have a lot of work to do. Fear not, they will attempt to scare you, whether as individuals or as your group, but as for me, I don’t think there is anybody can threaten me again. Don’t forget, I have seen it all. I have been to prison without being corrupt.” he said.
Chief Obasanjo added that “we have seen this before in this country.We have had situation where we have five parties and all of them nominated just one person as a candidate for presidency. If only his nuclear family had voted for him, he would have won.But our God was laughing, now he is also laughing. When the time was up then, he confirmed that He is God. He is omnipotent, omnipresent and eternal who can do all things and who can make all things possible. But if we are leaving things to God, we have to do our own fight.’
Defending his January 23, this year’s letter, Chief Obasanjo emphasized that the ” letter was not just made, but made out of reality of Nigeria situation after deep thought and reasonable consultations. saying, “at my age, I should not just continue to complain without finding solution and CNM is part of the solution to the way we find ourselves in Nigeria”
Chief Obasanjo pointed out that whoever that is saying Nigeria should continue the way it is presently should not be seen as friend of the masses and Nigeria as a country considering the hardships on Nigerians, adding, “if anyone want this situation to continue like this in Nigeria, then his head has to be examined, those of you that are feeling the heat outside there knows how things are going. Those who are with the people that are there now are those that are saying Nigeria should continue like this cannot be your friends and cannot be friend of Nigeria”.
Speaking further, Chief Obasanjo noted that as soon as the Movement transforms into a political party, he will cease to be member of CNM as he had resolved not to a member of any party again in the country, saying, ” as soon ss CNM becomes a political party or joins other parties to become political party as we can not do it alone. There have to be grand alliance of all those who are not with those who are not performing for Nigeria. It has to be that way, and when that comes, your leaders will brief you.”
“I want to repeat what I have always said and don’t get me wrong, once this movement becomes a political party, I will no longer become a member of that party. But my concern for Nigeria will not diminish; my struggle for the good of Nigeria, progress, unity and development of Nigeria will not diminish. Even now, I have met people from other parties coming to me for advice, I don’t belong to their party. I don’t have anything to do with them other than to give them advice. That situation will continue and I will continue to look for the good of Nigeria wherever and whenever. Let me assure you, having got this far, I will not leave you high and dry. And i know God will continue to be with us. Don’t ever think that it will be easy. A man should be ready to face task,”
CNM National Coordinator and former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola in his remark declared that CNM is presently having over 3million registered members across the country and the movement leadership have consulted far and wide with like minds and have resolved to transform to a political party but was quick to add that they will make open the process be it merger or other.
Prince Oyinlola disclosed that CNM under a political format, CNM will participate in elections coming up in 2018, saying, “on elections coming up in 2018, we’ll be part of these elections but we will tell you the platform under which we will partic
Oyo State Coordinator of CNM Chief Olayiwola Olakojo while speaking lauded Chief Obasanjo for his commitment to the oneness of Nigeria and his contribution to the development of Nigeria and Africa as a whole.