More than 30 prominent Nigerian activists, academics and other professionals have started a new political movement ahead of the 2023 general election.
The movement known as the National Consultative Front was made public on Wednesday in a statement made available to journalists at the national secretariat of the new group in Abuja.
Their group would have had a month-long national consultation and virtual meetings.
Members of the group include former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’abba; the former vice-governor of the Central Bank, Obadiah Mailafia; Olisa Agbakoba; Femi Falana; Abubakar Umar; Obe Ezekwesili; Jibo Ibrahim; Yabagi Sanni; Nkoyo Toyo, Isa Aremu, Chidi Odinkalu and Shehu Sani.
The others are Remi Sonaiya, Tanko Yinusa, Shettima Yerima, Funke Awolowo, Peter Ameh and Lanre Banjo, among others.
For them, the movement would be led by the citizens and led by a process to generate a new constitution of the peoples.
According to the statement, they would engage in “immediate mass mobilization from every nook and cranny of the country for popular mass action towards reform of the political constitution that is citizen-led and process-led to generate a new constitution. peoples for a new Nigeria that can work for all.
“The new movement must also, without delay, mobilize for the economic well-being and prosperity of all Nigerians by demanding and ensuring that Chapter 2 of this Constitution, namely the fundamental objectives and guiding principles state policy, become justiciable once and for all, while increasing an articulate and vigorous campaign to deconstruct and reconstruct odious electoral laws that have left room for maneuver for opportunists in the corridor of power to subvert the will to electorate, making the vote irrelevant in determining who actually gets elected in Nigeria.
Members noted that the current political leaders of different political parties have failed to protect citizens from insecurity.
“We categorically denounce the senseless massacres and kidnappings taking place in the North West, North East, South Kaduna, Middle Belt, South Nigeria and indeed the country as a whole by armed bandits and insurgents, who invade our communities, especially at night, to inflict terror and murder on hapless residents and unsuspecting natives.
âWe hereby call on those currently in charge of our federal government, military and security apparatus to wake up immediately and do everything to stop the ongoing senseless pogrom against the masses of our people. “
In addition, NCF has said it will work to correct the wrongs in Nigeria’s leadership.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how a similar move to provide alternative political leadership ahead of the 2019 election failed.
The movement was led by Fela Durotoye who ran on the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) platform; Ms Ezekwesili from the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Kingsley Moghalu from the Progressive Youth Party (YPP), Donald Duke from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Omoyele Sowore from the Congress of African Action (AAC).
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