By Dan Meniru Anigbo
ICHEOKU says if there is a magic wand to wave to make Nigerians a civilized and thinking people, a people who indeed truly loves themselves and their country and who desire the best for their country’s leadership, ICHEOKU will gladly deploy that power in favor of Kingsley Moghalu; for Nigerians to rise above their peculiar hamstrings and various other mundanities and elect him their next president come 2019.
But unfortunately such a wishful thinking does not always come true, the reason they are merely a make believe, a wishful thinking. ICHEOKU listened to the guy for the very first time a few days ago and has also ran a quick background check on him and now reached a conclusion that a Messiah is indeed knocking on Nigerians’ door to be let into Aso Rock. But whether such a fantastically corrupt and convoluted people will hearken to Kingsley Moghalu’s “send me plea” to their clarion call of “who shall we send” to Aso Rock, is entirely up in the air.
Kingsley Moghalu is in every inch, material and particular, very presidential. He looks the part; he is savvy; he is erudite; he is intelligent; he is educated; he is well travelled; he is globally exposed; he is eloquent; he is knowledgeable; he is nicely well mannered; he is presentable and sightly to sore eyes; he is urbane; he has the right decorum and posture, admitted he could use some muscle toning to firm up and improve his posture a little more. His presidential gravitas is also not questionable and he looks like an excellent communicator; a charmer of minds which will be helpful in his conduct of international relations as well as cordial relationship with other branches of government, especially the legislature. Such a cordiality will be in the over-all interest of the Nigerian public as it will help make governance easier and better.
Mr Kingsley Moghalu is the best of all the candidates who have presented themselves for office and currently running for the opportunity to be elected president of Nigeria in 2019. But unfortunately, Nigeria is not yet a civilized country and her citizens do not think nationally nor globally in matters of electioneering politics; and they do not always engage their cerebral cortex in matters of politics and elections. As always, tribe and religion usually get the better part of them as they are guided not by what the candidate is bringing to the presidency; but where the candidate comes from, and whether or not he or she is a member of their religious cult.
Nigeria is also a fantastically corrupt society where the citizens/electorates expect to be paid upfront for their votes, aware that once the politician gets into office, they will be forgotten; and all pre-election promises made to them will automatically be canceled. This is why Nigerian electorates always collect bribes from politicians and in all forms and manners, way ahead of elections; including cash, gifts, food, motorcycles, bicycles, clothing etc, because that is all they will ever hope and expect to get for their effort and votes in electing their politicians into office.
Unfortunately, the campaign of Kingsley Moghalu will be gravely handicapped by these extraneousness and his run for the presidency of Nigeria encumbered, not by his lack of qualification but by a people who will vote their stomach infrastructures and what their religious mentors told them. This will most likely prove fatal to his current effort, otherwise he is the president Nigerians have been waiting for, dreaming for, praying for and in fact their prayer-answered president, ever since Nigeria came into being in 1960. ICHEOKU says so many other countries in Africa as well as the greater world, will jump and grab such an opportunity to elect a president who understands what need to be done to right the ship of the State, turn it around and steer it back into a rightful and correct course. He articulated so many things which will help Nigeria get back on the right tract and hopefully help it reposition on course towards so many achievable laurels.
ICHEOKU particularly likes his plan to help collapse the 36 States structures into only six regional governments; a position which ICHEOKU previously canvassed in few articles many moons ago. Yes, it is a true, Nigeria does not need that many States since majority of them are not viable, nor self sustaining; but useless avenues for some local political lords to hold sway and waste money on useless bureaucracies and self serving generosities. He also articulated correctly what policies that work in other countries, including America, where States control their resources and just pay taxes on them to the Federal/Central government, whose responsibility will only be limited to areas of defense, foreign relations, monetary regulations and other sundry list as may be permitted it by the truly federated regional units.
ICHEOKU agrees with him that the needless intrusive overreach of the Federal government on matters involving States is a big leg-chain which must be curbed, if not totally eliminated. He also spoke about other things which ICHEOKU finds progressive enough, including freeing up the entrepreneurial spirits of Nigerians and set them free to operate and thrive in whatever business calling they desire to go into. To do this, banks have to be encouraged or even mandated to free their stashed money from their vaults for soft loans, especially long term loans, which industries will require to operate with.
The government can also float loans and savings banks to help with micro financing and other investments related loans to help put money into the hands of Nigerians, who have ideas on what to do to flourish; because when they do, they will be in a position to employ others as their businesses continues to expand and thus help absorb the millions of unemployed Nigerians looking for something to do that will help keep them alive and well. Then add improved road networks and general transportation, as well as adequate power supply and Nigerians can transform Nigeria into a competitive economy that will be globally envied. Of course security will be improved with each regional government running their regional police force and other security agencies; while the Central government will maintain a federal police with specific duties including federal crimes such as banking fraud and matters of inter regional crimes.
Anyway, what is possible is simply too good to be wished away; except that Nigerians need a thinking and intelligent president to have this mission, accomplished. Kingsley Moghalu is a perfect choice and the right fit for the job, but unfortunately, not in the present Nigeria as is presently constituted. The mentality that believes that Enoch Adeboye and his fellow scriptural hustlers have a direct telephone line to God and that their tribe must produce the president, is not the type that will evaluate Kingsley Moghalu fairly to find him qualified for the office.
Possibly, Kingsley Moghalu came a little bit too early for Nigeria or Nigeria is too way back stuck in the mire and left in the dust to appreciate the great opportunity which he represents. What another missed opportunity this will also turn out to be; but hey, it is possible that the curse of the black-man might be affecting the most populous black country in the world in more ways than anyone could previously have imagine; otherwise Kingsley Moghalu should be elected President come 2019. ICHEOKU says would have worked heart and sinew out to help make this possible, but not in a deaf and dumb society of too many tribal and religious bigots, whose neurons are apparently not firing correctly nor working properly well. SAD. Salute.