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Falana, Ezekwesili, others to form fresh political movement

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About 30 Nigerians who are very active in the political space have formed a political movement. Members of the movement include activists, academics, and other professionals. The movement is called National Consultative Front.

The objectives of the movement include mobilizing interested Nigerians for mass action towards political constitutional reforms that are purely citizen-driven and process-led in creating a new peoples’ constitution.

The objectives were written in a communique after a month-long nationwide consultations and several virtual meetings. The communique was made public at the National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

Some of the members of the movement include: Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’abba; former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia; Olisa Agbakoba, SAN; Femi Falana SAN; Col. Abubakar Umar (retd.), Dr Oby Ezekwesili; Prof Jibo Ibrahim; Yabagi Sanni; Amb, Nkoyo Toyo, Isa Aremu, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, and Senator Shehu Sani.

Others include: Prof. Remi Sonaiya, Mallam Tanko Yinusa, Alhaji Shettima Yerima, Lady Funke Awolowo, Peter Ameh and Ogbeni Lanre Banjo, among others.

A formal introduction will be made to the public later this month. Some parts of the resolutions adopted after the meeting read in part, “A new ideological mass Movement shall be initiated to embark on immediate mass mobilisation of the nooks and crannies of the country for popular mass action towards political constitution reforms that is citizens-driven and process-led in engendering a new Peoples’ Constitution for a new Nigeria that can work for all.

The new movement shall also, without delay, mobilise for the economic wellbeing and prosperity of all Nigerians by demanding and ensuring that Chapter 2 of the present Constitution i.e.; “Fundamental Objectives & Directive Principles of State Policy becomes justiciable once and for all, while also mounting an articulate and vigorous campaign to deconstruct and reconstruct obnoxious election laws which have provided leeway for opportunists in the corridor of power to subvert the will of the electorate making voting irrelevant in determining who actually becomes elected in Nigeria.”

The Members of the movement said that they were sad about the state of the Nation — how the political leadership have not protected Nigerians against attacks from terrorists and kidnappers.

They urged all well meaning Nigerians to unite and demand for a better Nigeria from our leaders.

The communique also read, “Our Political Coalition wish to assert that the current factionalisation and imbroglio rocking dominant political parties in Nigeria as well as the heightening political tension in the country, especially within the Nigerian ruling class, have further given credence to our resolve and intervention to provide a credible alternative political class and leadership for Nigeria as most of those who pride themselves as Leaders of our country in the last twenty-one years of civil rule have proved to be huge failures and burden to the wellbeing of our people

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