By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
A professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tuffs University, Kingley Moghalu, said the country needs a leader who understands how to build the economy .
Moghalu, who is a lawyer and former official of United Nations stated during a visit in Ibadan.
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and presidential aspirant on the platform of Young Progressive Party stressed that Nigeria needs a visionary and transformative leader who can add value to its natural resources and banish poverty.
Speaking on the 1.95 Gross Domestic Product growth rate recorded in the first quarter of the year, Moghalu emphasized such growth is meaningless when the rate of unemployment is increasing.
The product of London School of Economics maintained that over nine million Nigerians have lost their jobs under the current administration, stressing the need for entrepreneurship education as a panacea for unemployment in the country.
After charging students of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan on responsible citizenship and political participation, the product of London School of Economics and his team headed to the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan land. He was warmly received by Oba Adetunji Aje Ogungunniso the First.
Second day, he held a town hall meeting with the youths in Ibadan. While addressing the youth at the meeting, Moghalu said career politicians cannot solve Nigeria’s problems. The economist said the country needed a president who knew how the economy worked.
His words: “I will be the president of all Nigerians irrespective of tribal affiliations. I will fight poverty.
“We need to have president who is well equipped. Who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Barrack Obama, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel of Germany. We need a 21st century president. I understand what to do for the economy for you to prosper in the market place. I understand Economies. I have worked as a CBN Deputy Governor and many countries helping them solving their economic problems. If I can do it for other countries, why not for my country?
He emphasized that 2019 will a choice between progress and darkness, freedom and bondage, and transformation and retrogresion. He added that the contest between his party and the existing political behemoths will be like the David-and-Goliath contest.
“It is time to have a government that can give you jobs. Say bye bye to moneybags”.
Speaking on his plan if elected as President, the professor said: “In 2019,I have a plan the youths, women. The plan is that: our youths will have a say in deciding their destiny. For the first time you’ll be truly empowered. We are here to make sure that there will be skill acquisition centres across the local councils in the country. We will train our youth.
“My government will create a venture capital of one trillion naira which will give loans to start a business. If you have your business, you have a job.
“For women, we have Women Mean Business. We will make it easy for women in Nigeria to have capital. Politicians make promises which they won’t fulfil. I’m not a politician, but a professional in politics. If anybody tells me that I’ll be in politics, I won’t believe it. But I’m moved by the suffering of the people. I cannot bear what I see.