By Adelola Amihere
The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CCSO) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the nomination of Dr Kingsley Isitua Obiora as the new deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN, describing it as a show of the President’s commitment to ensuring that youths who are professionals are not only being recognized but are positioned to take over the affairs of the country.
The group in a statement jointly signed by the president, Mr Etuk Bassey Williams and the Secretary General, Mr Abubakar Ibrahim, in Abuja on Sunday, said Obiora, who is an Alternate Executive Director at the Washington DC office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a seasoned Economics and Statistician will bring his wealth of experience to bear on the Nigeria economic at this trying time.
Bassy said Obiora who has being part of the experts on Nigeria economic and assisted in seeing Nigeria out of recession is a suitable choice for the position, saying the serial record breaker will represent Nigeria youth well, as he will become the youngest person at 43 to head the economic policy directorate.
“It is no more news that President Buhari has appointed an intelligent youth to head an importance section of the Nigeria economic, we appreciate his trust in the ability of Nigeria youth, it shows that a youth can be allowed to lead the country come 2023. We will therefore hope that the President will honour his promise of handing over to youth when he steps down in 2023.
“Obiora was the overall best graduating student at graduation in 1999, with a distinction at master’s level and overall best graduating student award and he broke another record by being the first to get a distinction in that programme in over 20 years. His capability is attested to by the level of responsibility the global lender as an Economist and further gave the privilege of working in various countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
“Nigeria is blessed with several youth like Obiora who are doing Nigeria proud both home and abroad, they should be given opportunity to lead the country. It is time the older ones give chance to the youth to make Nigeria competitive in the comity of nations,” he said.