A former Deputy Governor of the CBN, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, says he was consulting widely to run for the presidency in 2019despitewidespread permutations that 2023 was the turn of Igbos to have a shot at the presidency.
According to Moghalu, time had come for technocrats, intellectuals and experienced people to take power from Nigeria’s career politicians. He argued that politics in Nigeria should be detribalised for Africa’s most populous nation to grow and take its rightful place in the comity of nations.
“It is the turn of any competent Nigerian to aspire for the post of presidency because career politicians have failed Nigeria,’’ he said.
The former CBN chief stressed that zoning, which had been used by the major political parties, might have been relevant in the past but that it was no longer necessary because competence should be placed above tribe in present day Nigeria. “Zoning was an internal arrangement by political parties that was not constitutional. It should no longer matter where the president comes from. The future of Nigeria rests in technocratic interventions. We need thinking people that will take Nigeria from the politics of stomach infrastructure to politics of mental infrastructure.’’
According to him, the first part to progress for Nigeria was for the people to begin to think differently and beyond tribe in choosing those who would lead them.
Moghalu, however, advised Nigerians to eschew docility and become more forceful in demanding accountability from their leaders at all levels of governance.
Moghalu, who served as CBN deputy governor from 2009 to 2014, is a political economist, lawyer and a former United Nations official. He was also a professor of practice in international business and public policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, U.S. Born on May 7, 1963, Moghalu is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He also read Political Science at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. (NAN)