Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano, launched the National Movement, a political organization, ahead of the 2023 general election.
Speaking at the launch of the movement on Tuesday, Kwankwaso said the organization was created to seek a solution to the country’s current economic and political challenges.
The former governor of Kano said the political movement’s journey began in 2021 when a group of friends and associates came together under the auspices of “Friends of Kwankwaso” to review the situation in the country.
The former senator from Kano also said the movement’s mission is to make the country a land of justice, freedom and equal opportunity where citizens can live in peace and prosperity.
“We were fully aware that the mind of the average politician in Nigeria was mostly focused on the upcoming elections and how to win the elections, whatever the circumstances,” NAN said as quoted by NAN.
“But for those of us who met and reviewed the state of the nation in the summer of last year, we had a different perspective.
“On the contrary, we saw ourselves as leaders; we considered ourselves patriots; we considered ourselves nationalists; we considered ourselves democrats; and we saw ourselves as major players and factors in the development and future of Nigeria.
“We were therefore convinced that there must be Nigeria first before politics and democracy can be nurtured and that there must be Nigerians alive and living in great harmony with each other before elections can take place.
“While most of us would like to contest and win the elections, we decided that we had to do everything we could within our ability to work together to reverse the dangerous path that Nigeria was heading down.
“Thus, the National Movement was born. As we can all see here today, the National Movement is made up of all Nigerians in the country and in the Diaspora.
“In our view, everyone matters and given the current nature of the political environment in this country, we need to look beyond the boundaries imposed on us by the political parties operating in the country today.
“We are therefore more than determined to confront these threats to our corporate existence. We are ready with concrete and indisputable measures to get our nation out of the doldrums.
Others at the event included former Sports Minister Solomon Dalong; Buba Galadima, Suleiman Hunkuyi, Tanko Yakasai, Solomon Edoda and Nweze Onu.