A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, announced on Monday that he was consulting widely to run for the presidency in 2019.
Moghalu told political correspondents in Lagos that time had come for technocrats, intellectuals and experienced people to take power from Nigeria’s career politicians.
He said that he would not be deterred from joining the race in spite of speculations that 2023 was the year slated for Igbos to have a shot at the presidency.
Moghalu 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, adding 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.”
The former CBN chief said that 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.
Speaking on a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari, Moghalu said that the president had constitutional rights to seek re-election.
“I don’t fathom how anyone can say the president should not run for a second term. It is his choice, the decision on who becomes Nigeria’s president in 2019 rests with Nigerians,” he said.
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 international business and public policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA.
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.