September 29, 2022

Kwankwaso launches a new political movement

Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

Feb. 22 (THEWILL) – Former Kano State Governor Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Tuesday launched a new political group, ‘The National Movement’ (TNM).

This comes days after the former defense minister said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had nothing to offer Nigerians.

The launch of the Movement took place at the International Conference Center in Abuja.

Prominent Nigerians present at the event were former statesman, Tanko Yakasai; Air Vice Marshal Iheanaju; Solomon Edoda; Nweze Onu; Falasad Aliyu; Alkaline Rufai; Suleiman Hunkuyi; Grace Ben; Umale Shitu; Ibrahim Ringim; Ali Gwaska; Paul Okala; Rufai Hanga; Idris Wada; Abdulrahman Abubakar, among several others.

Speaking on the occasion, the group’s leader, Kwankwaso, said the movement was born out of a collective desire to save the country.

His words: “Today, all Nigerians from all social, religious and regional backgrounds have come together. It is our collective resolve to save our nation from this predicament.

“For too long, Nigerians have demanded a way out of our current dire economic and political situation. For too long, Nigeria’s friends both at home and abroad have looked forward to the day when Nigeria will rise again. I’m happy to say the place is here and the time is today and now.

According to him, the National Movement is made up of all Nigerians in the country and the Diaspora.

“The National Movement has members and roots in virtually every local government area and neighborhood in this country,” he said.

He described the core values ​​of the Movement as follows: “Trust, leadership, responsibility, fairness, competence, reliability, commitment, transparency, equality, patriotism and justice.

Kwankwaso said he met his friends during the COVID-19 lockdown and decided action had to be taken to save Nigeria.

“We decided there should be a Nigeria first before politics. While some of us will want to argue, we must work together to save the country.

“The National Movement has members in every local government area and outside the country,” Kwankwaso said.

Kwankwaso was a presidential candidate under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, when he lost the primary election to Atiku Abubakar.

A former Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Rufia Ahmed Alkali, is the group’s Protem National Secretary.

Alkali, had in a letter of invitation to the launch of the Movement said that it would be historic.

“During the launch, the TNM will be officially introduced to the general public and the organizer of the movement will outline its aims and objectives and its main objective as well as inviting all patriotic Nigerians at home and abroad to join the TNM in the general interest of saving our country and redirecting it on the path of safety and security, peace and prosperity, equity and opportunity, in addition to a qualitative and competent leadership that will engender rapid and sustainable development while being fair and equitable for all,” the invitation had said.