Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said that his Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) has registered three million members.
Obasanjo made this known in Lagos at the fourteenth annual lecture of Women in Management, Business and Public Service.
With the level of registration so far, Obasanjo explained that CNM intends to make inroad into the grassroot, ahead of the 2019 polls.
Again, Obasanjo promised to quit the coalition, anytime it decides to either develop into a political party, or sponsor candidates for elective offices in the 2019 polls.
The former president, however, gave an insight into the agenda of the coalition as it affects women.
He said women should also be adequately prepared, “by first putting their feet right and be willing to pay the necessary price to witness the desired change.”
“If only womanhood was enough, Mrs. Hillary Clinton would have made it to the White House but she had a man (Donald Trump) who did what he could do to get to power.
“I don’t want or expect women to climb palm trees to harvest bunch of palm fruits. If anybody says he wants to see my mother climb palm trees, I will take a second look at that person. But women must do what it takes to succeed in Nigerian political space.
“To you women, do not allow any body to build your world for you. Build your world for yourself. Yes, women need encouragement but they must do enough for themselves,” Obasanjo said.
Obasanjo also said he will write another open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the national issues very soon.
In the last open letter to Buhari, Obasanjo, among other observations, advises him no to seek a second term in office.