Agbakoba Asks Nigerians to Take over Country with the National Intervention Movement


Segun James and Sunday Okobi

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, has called on Nigerians of all creed and tongue to take advantage of the rave of the moment in Nigeria called the National Intervention Movement (NIM) to put the country where it rightly belongs by demanding good leadership at all time from the political class.

He called on Nigerians to wrest power from the political elite for the betterment of the society.

Agbakoba who visibly lamented the current ‘pathetic’ state of the country, highlighted the many wrongs in the system, saying it was time Nigerians called their leaders to order through a credible and apolitical platform like the NIM.

At a media parley yesterday in Lagos, the maritime lawyer cum activist who disclosed that on November 29, he and other concerned Nigerians, out of serious anxiety about the state of the nation, decided to initiate NIM as a platform to uplift and ‘defreeze’ Nigerians (who he said are frozen right now) so as to salvage what is left of the country.

According to him, Nigerians need a coherent platform to prevent bad leadership in the country, hence the constitution of NIM, adding that “we want a functioning democracy where political office holders are accountable to the people, public institutions are strengthen and the rule of law works.

“We want the government to work for Nigerians. Presently, it is not. President Muhammadu Buhari needs to take his job seriously by sacking his entire cabinet because they have failed. In the meantime, he is sleeping on the job.”

Agbakoba, who noted that against the insinuation that he has the backing of some political bigwigs, stated that former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not give him any support in the formation of NIM, adding that NIM is a political movement but not a political party, and has no political interest at the moment.

He explained that “membership of the movement is free and easy. Participation will be based on social media among others to galvanise Nigerians to speak against bad government in one voice. Changing the way our political leaders think and act is what the movement is all about. The movement which was formed by G90 doesn’t hold onto anybody’s political ideology or interest, it doesn’t also prevent any member’s political interest but must be distant from the movement because it is strictly apolitical.”

On the many wrongs in the system which the former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president said led to the initiation of NIM, he asked: “Why for instance has nobody been fired for Mainagate? What is government plan for unemployment? 70percent of our young people are unemployed, and this is alarming!

“What is the federal government plan for power? Should the privatisation process be reversed? Why are our bidding and procurement processes failing? Why is government still appropriating billions of naira for turnaround maintenance of dead refineries?

“At the states, governors must deploy state resources efficiently. For example, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is fixing federal roads when state roads are deplorable; Governor Rochas Okorocha is erecting status of all kinds of people when Imo State owes pensioners; Governor Ayodele Fayose is making Christmas clothes for children but has not paid Ekiti State workers, and on his own, Governor Nyesom Wike is using River State money to buy SUVs for members of the National Assembly. All these must stop! Is it not a scandal that oil producing states like Rivers, Bayelsa, Abia, Delta among others owe salaries? So the Nigerian people will use this movement to guide as well as cut the excesses of their political leader. Enough is enough!”

Agbakoba also urge Nigerians to use the medium to demand that confidence return to the country’s judiciary, adding that “how come corruption cases involving politicians never terminate in our courts? Governors accused of corruption after office, get judicial immunity? Politicians charged with corruption present themselves for public office in every election circle; some are even senators making laws for the country.

“Therefore, we believe strongly that the way forward is for civil society (including the media) to wrest power from this ruling political elite to achieve a new system that is inclusive and works for all and not a few.”

  • FrNinja

    Nigerians are as disorganized politically as in every other aspect of their lives. Otherwise, what is stopping the youth from banding together using social platforms, choosing a candidate and voting out national parties of corruption called APC and PDP. There are far better alternatives like the KOWA party.

    But no, whats more important is discussing Wizkid’s latest baby mama drama.

  • lucky AIGBOKHAN

    A dream must be built but the actualization of the dream can only come to play when there is good intentions. Let build up a new ideology of the NOMENCLATURE POLITICS and our dreams of building a new Nigeria will be actualize. The hunger for true freedom is burning in every living heart of Nigerians. If we do it right, we will get right. Quote me any time any day, what will call independence in Nigeria is just a mere opportunity but not truly freedom per say. We must build, we must trust and a society within content of true value for the people and all for the people. But not on men whom have destroyed our society for greed and selfishness – men like IBB, BUHARi, OBASANJO, ATIKU, TUNIBU, OYEGUN, many but few to be mention. God bless Nigeria. God bless Africa.

  • lucky AIGBOKHAN

    pls i want to know where edo state office is located…i mean NIM office

  • Jo Elue

    Too much noise. Can a comatose civil society rise up. Nope. They died a long time ago. All this is noise, irritants.

  • Ubong

    We do not have political elites in Nigeria but political thieves and wicked mation looters coded and supported by highly endemically corrupt judiciary. However, i submit myself to be a active member of this movement.

  • Pluti

    But with all this, they should provide their website and at least the net address will go a long way in connecting all together

  • remm ieet

    Agbakoba is right about organising people’s movement. Politicians use the universal power of democracy over us to drag us to the polls to vote for them, after which we are abandoned. Elected officials hide behind the panoply of elections to seize power, without dealing with problems confronting the people comprehensively.
    Before they return for our vote, let us hope this people’s movement will start something good and jolt them into action.

  • Anne Mumuney

    People need to know how to reach this group via social. They appear to be a very credible group of people from all the reports in the print media. Just checked, no website yet. While we know that it takes time to set up websites and social media apps, NIM should not lose momentum. As Barack Obama realised, during his campaign, social media is one of the easiest way of reaching the largest number of people.

    • oyoko

      nothing good will come out from them. For me, i don’t have believe them; it will be all grammar and no action! put them in the right place, and see them disappoint.

      • Pluti

        There’s no harm in trying and failing

      • Dauda

        Sounds like mallam

  • daniel

    Has the movement got a website? Agbakoba should publish all its various social media sites and directories so that people can connect with the movement easily.

    • Ebitari

      Just my thoughts too. Nigerians must come together and make a clear statement on the direction of the country.