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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Coalition for Nigeria, CN, a third force political movement initiated by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, which is due for inauguration today, Wednesday, witnessed poor turnout.

However, DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the only notable dignitaries in attendance at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja were Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun state and Donald Duke, one-time governor of Cross River state.

However, Mr Obasanjo, the convener, is equally absent at the inauguration.

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Other dignitaries expected at the event are , a former governor of the CBN, Charles Soludo, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Olisa Agbakoba, and renowned economist, Pat Utomi.

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Others are a former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Information Frank Nweke Jnr, Abubakar Umar, Ayo Obe, Rabiu Ishyaku Rabiu, and a former presidential adviser, Akin Osuntokun, among others.

However, the foregoing is in clear contrast with the recent statement by the Deputy Director General, Media and Publicity of the movement, Naseer Kura, who said there was a swift and positive response of Nigerians to the philosophy and the message of the movement.

He added that 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.

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“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.

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