When Chief Olusegun Obasanjo made public that very famous special press statement in which he practically tore President Muhammadu Buhari to shreds, he announced his rescue mission for his nation called Coalition for Nigeria.
“All hands of men and women of goodwill must be on deck. We need all hands to move our country forward. We need a Coalition for Nigeria, CN.
“Such a Movement at this juncture needs not be a political party but one to which all well-meaning Nigerians can belong. That Movement must be a coalition for democracy, good governance, social and economic well-being and progress. Coalition to salvage and redeem our country. You can count me with such a Movement”, Baba Iyabo wrote.
Obasanjo added that his coalition for Nigeria “will be new, green, transparent and must remain clean and always active, selflessly so”.
Except that when members of Obasanjo’s new coalition converged on Abuja on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, there was nothing new, green, transparent or clean about a lot of them.
Old and tired
There was 81-year-old Ahmadu Ali who was Chairman of the PDP from 2005 to 2007 and who was Minister of Education in 1975. He of the infamous ‘Ali-Must-Go’ protests of that era.
Obasanjo’s ‘green’ coalition also has Buba Galadima who was Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) before the party collapsed its structure into the APC. Galadima has been around Nigeria’s governance circles since forever.