By Jude Opara
An American based strategist and economic analyst, Dr Okey Mbonu, has joined the list of Nigerians who have declared interest in President Muhammadu Buhari’s seat in the 2019 election.
Mbonu, who made his ambition known at a press briefing at the weekend, condemned the zoning arrangement of Nigeria’s elective offices, saying that zoning of the office of the president of a country to any particular tribe or zone is nothing but an action that breeds mediocrity.
He noted that time has come for the country to move forward by electing sound minds who are also in tune with the present day realities, adding that if given the opportunity to serve, he will bring his wealth of experience both in politics and financial management as well his wide connections in Europe and America to bear in the day to day running of the Nigerian economy.
The aspirant, who is yet to identify with any political party, stated that despite the fact that he has lived most of his adult life in America, he is at home with the many difficulties in the country, adding that the contribution of Nigerians in diaspora which he puts at about $22 billion every year has helped in stabilizing the economy.
“While I will like to pay tribute to the former Nigerians leaders for their contributions to nation building, I make bold to say that time has come for us to move forward. This is the time for a bright new leadership that will be based on what the person can do and not just about where he comes from. We need a sustainable 21st century leadership.
“I have the right connections in the United States and that is why ours is a global campaign to save Nigeria. In fact many present day Nigerian leaders do not know the strategic importance of the country in the world.
“Zoning breeds mediocrity, it is a recipe for disaster, we are all first class citizens of Nigeria and now we need the intellectual prowess to pilot Nigerian affairs. We have seen the energetic Nigerian youths, they excel despite the numerous challenges and only God knows what they can do if they have the opportunities they have been denied over the years.
“There are equal talents from all parts of the country and that is why we are here to take our country back because there is crisis governance in Nigeria. Today Nigerians cannot be said to be better off than they were 20years ago,” he said.