By Innocent Eteng
The Red Card Movement (RCM), a citizen group that is being led by former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu, forefront leaders of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, is to be formally street-launched today in Abuja.
RCM started on 4th January 2018, when Nigerians responded to a tweet with the hashtag “#RedCardToAPCAndPDP” by an unnamed Twitter user, stating their dislike for corrupt leadership, bad governance and determination to have an alternative.
The movement seeks to mobilize citizens against Nigeria’s long-age problem of leadership recycling. As presently constituted, while not targeted at any particular individual, RCM also seeks to show the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the way out of governance by educating and mobilising citizens towards electing competent alternatives come 2019.
It also seeks to “champion stronger citizens’ participation in politics, elections and closely monitor government conduct after elections,” according its stated vision and objectives contained in its website.
The movement believes the APC and PDP house over-recycled leaders who lack competence, accountability and good leadership traits as portrayed in the ways both parties have governed the country since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.
Announcing the launch, which has the theme “Social Media Hits The Streets” RCM stated via its Twitter handle this afternoon:
The Journey to FIX NIGERIA begins with the STREETS Launch.
Tomorrow Wednesday April 18th 2018.
@ Berger Roundabout, Abuja.
Registration begins 8am.
Let’s JOIN hands to FIX NIGERIA”