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Published On: Wed, Jan 31st, 2018

Duke, Agbakoba, Utomi, others urge Buhari to address issues raised in Obasanjo’s letter

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Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

A group, comprising some prominent Nigerians, the Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to address issues raised in Obasanjo’s letter to him.
NIM, made up of former governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke, Prof Pat Utomi of Lagos Business school, legal luminary, Chief Olisa Agbakoba and Tafawa Balewa among others in a statement yesterday urged President Buhari not to dismiss the letter and the various issues raised there.
The group called on President Buhari to read the letter again, accept responsibility, isolate the issues and address them.
The NIM pointed out that if the government of President Buhari meant well, it still had enough time and the resources to address the concerns raised in the letter.
It said: “Chief Obasanjo’s letter of January 23, 2018 raised a number of issues where the Buhari government ought to have done better given the rare goodwill received from Nigerians by the administration but which it failed to appreciate.
“On the part of NIM, the issues raised by Obasanjo in his letter are germane and are in tandem with the views expressed late last year in NIM’s press statements on the worrisome state of the country.
“NIM believes that if this government means well, it still has enough time and the resources to address the concerns raised in the letter.
“While applauding Obasanjo’s endorsement for our third force initiative, NIM shall be willing to open talks and alliances with any offshoot Coalitions emerging from Obasanjo clarion call and shall be willing to bring them onboard our third force agenda for Nigeria.
“It is therefore instructive to note that NIM has members in all the states of the Federation and the Diaspora.
“There are states and Local Government Areas Facilitators in all the states as well as the FCT.”

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