Professor Kingsley Moghalu, presidential aspirant and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday evening at Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta when Dr. Moghalu visited the elder statesman who recently turned 85 to wish him a Happy Birthday.
At 58, Moghalu has been almost everything. A political economist, lawyer, teacher, author, the Ifekaego of Nnewi (traditional title) and former Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA, worked with the United Nations for 17 years, rising from entry level to the highest career rank of Director and later served as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for five years.
Now, he wants to be President of Nigeria for the following reasons;
“I want to be president of Nigeria because I have a vision for our country that I have not yet seen being executed by any of the political leaderships that have failed. I want to be President of Nigeria because I bring a certain level of competence, track record and capacity to address Nigeria’s problems.”
“I want to be president to lead the transformation of Nigeria, working with a dream team, and I want to emphasise this because no one person can do this job, but my competencies will enable me to pull together a team of Nigerians that will lead the transformation of this country across different sectors – the economy, defence, healthcare, agriculture, you name it.”
“I believe that Nigeria needs a new generation of political leaders. Nigeria needs a break from traditional politicians who have grown up in the Nigerian political system and can only think in a certain way. You cannot become left-handed in old age. Anybody who has grown through the Nigerian political system and tells you that if he becomes President in 2023, he is going to be different from anything we have known since 1999, I am sorry, I have the right to say, I doubt it.”