Can The Third Force Save Nigeria? By Hazeez Balogun 

Nigerians seems to be stuck between the Devil and the deep blue sea. To elect a president, we need to choose between APC and PDP, both home to questionable characters and those who got the country to where it is today. Both parties seem not to know how to move the country forward, yet, we have to choose between one of them.

Not that there are no other parties that contest for the presidential seat, but most of them are regional parties like APGA and AD. Others do not just have the resources to fund a nationwide campaign.

Like many Nigerians, I have many times had dreams of a third force that will come and unite the youth of Nigeria who will in turn stand up and vote for those who will take power from both APC and PDP and give it to the people. Such lofty dreams.

You can only take power when you have the resources or the multitude is speaking with the same voice. So, I was not impressed when I read about the formation of The Nigerian Third Force Movement.

They call themselves The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), a Pro-democracy Movement and Pressure Group of like-minded Nigerians who say they are committed to changing the political order. They promise to rescue Nigeria from corrupt and inert political leadership and system by the year 2019

But then you look closer to find those who constitute the movement.

Members of the group include former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Charles Soludo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Olisa Agbakoba, Tafawa Balewa, and Prof. Pat Utomi. Others are, Former Education minister, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili is also a member of the group, including former Information minister, Frank Nweke Jnr, Col. Abubakar Umar (retd), Ayo Obe, Rabiu Ishyaku Rabiu, former presidential adviser, Akin Osuntokun.

Asides from Pat Utomi, all of these people had, in one way or the other, been a part of the governments that ruined the country. If they could not raise their voice then, why now?

Let’s say they do have some degree of legitimacy (truly, these people are more trust worthy than most in government. And they do not have corruption cases against them), do they have the funds and time to mobilise and educate Nigerians? Secondly, are Nigerians actually ready to let go of the current structure?