Moghalu Declares Interest In 2023 Presidency, Unveils SWAG Agenda

A file photo of Professor Kingsley Moghalu.

 

A former presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has announced his intention to vie for the top seat in the land in the forthcoming general elections.

Moghalu, declared his interest to join the 2023 presidential race in a statement on Tuesday, about a year and nine months to the scheduled date of the poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed February 18, 2023, to conduct the elections.

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While he contested the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Moghalu said he would announce the political party he would join within the next few months.

He also unveiled his SWAG Agenda for a 21st century Nigeria and sought the support of those who were tired of the present situation in the country.

Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), promised that if elected, he would run a government with a dream team of highly competent Nigerians from all parts of the country.

Read the full statement below:

2023: I WILL RUN BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE MATTER

What is the value of a Nigerian life?

We live daily today under the shadow of terrorists. Our economy is collapsing. Many families cannot afford the price of food. Millions of young men and women have no jobs and have no hope.

Our university students know more about ASUU strikes and long school closures than any skills they need to be competitive in the world of the 21st century.

Only the rich and powerful can access quality healthcare in our country or abroad as medical tourists, because our health system, like most other systems, is broken.

I lost my father, Isaac Moghalu, in December 1998 because he had a stroke, but the doctors were on strike, and therefore we could not get him adequate healthcare on time.

Soon after we found a private clinic and moved him there, he went into a coma and passed on shortly afterward. I was heartbroken. Today, 23 years later, not much has changed. Like many, I have suffered the effects of bad governance in our country.

With life in it increasingly nasty, brutish, and short, the very idea of Nigeria is now almost meaningless to many Nigerians. Cries for self-determination fill the air in response to fundamental injustice.

Meanwhile, politics in Nigeria does not bring change, and its benefits go to only one group – the political elite. Their message is loud and clear: we the people —you and I – DO NOT matter.

The bodies of Nigerians are buried in cold corners of foreign cemeteries, strewn across the Sahara desert, and float in the Mediterranean Sea, as a consequence of a non-existent leadership. Our country can no longer speak confidently in the gathering of nations.

Life as ordained by our Creator, that we may experience His Goodness in this land of the living, has eluded us as a people.

Only the emergence of visionary, competent and inclusive national leadership, on the one hand, and a fundamental restructuring of Nigeria based on a new people’s constitution, on the other, can arrest Nigeria’s ongoing disorderly and violent degeneration into a completely failed state. We were not born to be miserable and to die miserably. Enough is Enough!

It is now more than ever necessary that we elect in 2023 a leader who is truly committed and has the capacity to initiate the constitutional restructuring of Nigeria. A leader who is competent to secure our lives and property, successfully manage our diversity, save our economy, and restore our international respect.

For the sake of the youth of our country — including my four children — whose future is being drowned in reckless foreign borrowing, and for the sake of all Nigerians suffering and seeking a clear alternative to the status quo, I intend — with all humility — to present myself — again — as a candidate for the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 general elections.

If elected, I will run a government with a dream team of highly competent Nigerians from all parts of our country. Along with strengthened, independent institutions, we will deliver results on a four-point agenda in four years (4 by 4):

— Security for all Nigerians and Nigeria’s territory;

— War against poverty: skills, jobs for our youth, and an innovation economy;

— Accelerated education and healthcare reform;

— Good governance: inclusive, transparent, effective, and accountable.

This is my SWAG Agenda for a 21st century Nigeria. I seek the support of all compatriots — of everyone who is tired of our present national situation. We also need the energy and support of our youth, the middle class, entrepreneurs, and our compatriots in the diaspora.

These important segments of our population have in the past been reluctant to engage actively in our electoral process, ostensibly because of the flaws in that process.

The National Assembly must now pass into law, without further delay, necessary electoral reforms that will make democracy yield real dividends for Nigerians. Our votes must count, and be counted transparently. The amendments should include a provision for Diaspora Nigerians to be able to register and vote in all elections in Nigeria from abroad.

I am only one face of a movement. A movement of silent and suffering Nigerians fed up with the insecurity, poverty, and a seemingly hopeless future for our country. A movement that has decided that Enough is Enough.

That movement, soon to be present in our numbers in every voting ward in Nigeria, will announce within the next few months the political party we will join en masse and seek its platform for the presidential, legislative, and gubernatorial roles in governance.

We can do this. We can change Nigeria.

Together, let us walk this road to a Nigeria that, within 30 years of successive administrations, will have achieved the kind of economic and technological advancement attained by countries such as Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates within similar timeframes.

It is possible. We only need to participate actively in the democratic process and vote right when the time comes.

We the Nigerian people matter. We the Nigerian people deserve better. Let’s do this. Because we can and we must.

Signed

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, Ph.D. OON FCIB

Ifekaego Nnewi

June 1, 2021

$500m Worth Of Bitcoin Traded In Nigeria In Last Five Years – Moghalu

 

Former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, has said that $500 million worth of Bitcoin has been traded in Nigeria within the last five years.

Moghalu who was once the Head of Directorate of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (a unit which he says is in charge of the financial systems), disclosed these figures while reacting to the recent CBN policy which directed all banks to close accounts that transact in cryptocurrency.

He faulted the move of the apex bank, saying that regardless of the risks involved in trading in cryptocurrencies, he would not recommend that it be banned outrightly.

“A lot of the activities in the world are going digital and I would not recommend banning it (cryptocurrencies) outright,” Mr Moghalu said in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“$500 million worth of Bitcoin has been traded in Nigeria within the last five years and Nigeria is one of the top 10 countries in the use of cryptocurrencies in the world today”.

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He further explained that it is becoming a real factor in the country’s investment ecosystem, as well as a livelihood for many Nigerians.

The Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday, ordered all banks to close accounts of anyone who transacts in cryptocurrency.

The order was contained in a circular to banks and other financial institutions, signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, Bello Hassan, and was expected to take effect immediately.

According to the CBN, dealing in cryptocurrency or facilitating payments for cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited.

However, Mr Moghalu faulted the directive and echoed the sentiments of many other Nigerians, noting that the move is seen as though the government is always taking actions aimed at taking away opportunities from Nigerians especially in a depressed economy.

He believes that any investment has risks and if he was in a position to make a decision, it would be to balance the risks as against the current realities of the country.

According to the former presidential candidate, regular currencies depreciate in value as against cryptocurrencies such as the BTC but many Policies from the bank in the past few years have not been favourable.

“The Nigerian Government should try to make the investment climate far more friendly and efficient than it is now.

“It is unfriendly, that’s why the foreign investment is declining,” he said.

#EndSARS: Youths Have Realized Nigeria’s Future Belongs To Them, Says Moghalu

 

Former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu believes the #EndSARS protests which rocked the country in October 2020 is a sign that Nigerian youths have realized that the future of the nation is in their hands.

“First of all, it gives us hope that all hope is not lost,” the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

“It tells us that our young people are finally coming to realize that the future belongs to them and they have to make a choice as to whether the posterity of Nigeria will belong to them or whether all they would do is to simply inherit our foreign debt.”

– ‘The Way To Go’ –

Moghalu who contested the 2019 presidential election under the Young Progressive Party (YPP), also called on youths to embrace what he described as structural politics if they are to make an impact in the country’s political terrain.

He argued that that is the only way to translate the energy of the #EndSARS protests into political gains for the country.

 

Moghalu believes the amendment of the Electoral Act is critical to the country’s democratic process.

 

“The way to go is to go into structural politics. That is to say, to join political parties, to be able to vote, to register and to vote and to be able to be voted for.”

A critical part of making this happen, the 58-year-old explained, is the amendment of the country’s electoral laws which he described as low-hanging fruit in deepening Nigeria’s democratic system.

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“That is so critical even as we fight or struggle for a new constitution. The immediate thing before us is the Electoral Amendment Act. It’s the low-hanging fruit because it will be completed within the next couple of months, hopefully, and we should insist that it provides a transparent process of electing our leaders where our votes count not just the people who count the vote,” Moghalu added.

“And I think this should be done through a system of electronic voting, electronic transmission of results.

“Anything that creates loopholes for election results to be manipulated, we must avoid it because that is part of what removes confidence from our democratic process and leaves a lot of citizens apathetic. Because they say, ‘Well, they would just rig the election, why should I bother?’ We must move away from this!”

—Protests Against Brutality—

The #EndSARS protests – which were largely driven by youths and against police brutality- rocked the country in October 2020. 

 

#EndSARS protesters in Abuja on October 19, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Although the protests were largely peaceful at the onset, they were later hijacked by hoodlums leading to a looting spree and the destruction of properties in several parts of Nigeria.

Food Import: Moghalu Faults Buhari’s Directive To CBN

Professor Kingsley Moghalu

 

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Congress (YPP) in the 2019 general elections, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has criticised the presidential ban on providing foreign exchange for the importation of food into the country.

Professor Moghalu faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) during an interview on Wednesday.

“The Central Bank does not require the formal and explicit approval of the President in order to perform its job,” said the former CBN deputy governor on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He added, “That is another way of saying that the President himself or any political authority outside the bank should not be giving the bank direct instructions.”

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President Buhari had said the directive was important considering the “steady improvement” in agricultural production and attainment of “full food security” in Nigeria.

But Moghalu, who cited Article 1 of the CBN Act (2007), stated that the apex bank has been mandated to be independent in the discharge of its responsibilities.

He, however, noted that the President can act exercise his powers by approving on three key areas of the financial institution.

The economist said further, “This is a fundamental principle of central banking around the world over the last four decades. There are only three instances in the operations of the Central Bank where the Central Bank requires the direct approval of the President.

“First is the approval of the annual account of the Central Bank. The President must approve it. Second is the approval of currency designs.”

“For the Central Bank to issue the coin of the realm as we say (naira notes), the President has to approve those designs and proposals.

“Thirdly, any external investment by the Central Bank itself as an institution has to be approved by the President. Outside of these three specific instances, the Central Bank does not require the approval of the President in order to perform its job,” he said.

2019 Elections: Youths Are The Biggest Disappointment, Says Moghalu

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has taken a swipe at Nigerian youths for the role they played during the recently held general elections.

Moghalu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, regretted that the young populations did not make their presence felt during the polls.

“The biggest disappointment was with the youths. The youth vote was absent. They make a lot of noise, they rant and rail but you will not see them on the voting day. And when they vote, they don’t vote in line with their rhetoric,” he said.

When asked if the polls witnessed improvement when compared to 2015, Moghalu noted that chaos marred some polling centres coupled with an alleged organisational efficiency and effectiveness shortly before the commencement of voting.

YPP presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu speaks on the outcome of the 2019 general elections on Channels Television’s Politics Today on April 12, 2019.

“The organisational efficiency and effectiveness of the election was generally weak. We saw it. First, it was postponed at the last minute and in many parts of the country, there was chaos at the polling booths especially in rural areas.”

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Reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the polls, he advised the current administration to justify the votes and work hard to restore Nigerians have reposed on the President.

In doing that, he wants the Federal Government to focus on three cores areas bordering on national unity, building a vibrant economy and the nation’s security.

Speaking on security, he decried the poor funding of the police, calling on the government to properly equip its personnel with the modern tools to properly secure lives and properties.

Moghalu, who is also an economist and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) however wants the complete removal of subsidy.

He also wants the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to be privatised because it “is not a very profitable corporation, it is not a transparent corporation.”

Asked if he would still throw in the hat for the 2023 presidential race, his response was “it’s too early to make that kind of decision.”

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the YPP candidate wants the presidency to be zoned to the south-east.

2019 Elections: Our Votes Were Stolen, Diverted And Suppressed – Moghalu

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has reacted to the outcome of the recently concluded elections, alleging that votes meant for his party were stolen, diverted and suppressed.

Appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, the YPP candidate said he was disappointed at the result of the 2019 polls.

“I know for a fact that our votes were stolen, our votes were diverted, our votes were suppressed. For this reason, the numbers attributed to the YPP for example as the final count was a joke,” he stated.

His comments come few weeks after the February 23 presidential election which saw the participation of about 73 political parties.

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Few days after, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate winner of the poll.

But Moghalu believes the result was a clear testament that “Nigerians have made a choice with the status quo, I didn’t win the election.”

YPP presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu speaks on the outcome of the 2019 general elections on Channels Television’s Politics Today on April 12, 2019.

When asked if he was rigged out of the election, the YPP candidate stressed “I am not claiming that I won the election and was rigged out. I want to be very clear.”

He, however, called for “fundamental reform” of the nation’s electoral system.

Moghalu, who is also a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) believes that Nigeria should work hard to deepen her democratic process ahead of the 2023 general elections.

I Will Be Sworn In As Nigeria’s Next President – Moghalu

A file photo of YPP presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu.

 

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, is confident of being sworn in as the nation’s next president.

While appearing on The Verdict, a special programme on Channels Television for the 2019 elections, Moghalu said he is the leading alternative candidate besides those of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Let me make it very clear that I am not here to debate with anyone. The fact speaks for themselves. I am the leading alternative candidate outside of the APC and the PDP,” he said.

“And the YPP is the leading alternative party. There are numerous polls that have established that and I don’t want to go into them.”

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“I think the results will speak in the elections and we will see at the end of the day. But I have no question in my mind that I will be sworn in as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he stated.

Moghalu, who is also a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said he would focus on infrastructural development when he assumes office.

According to him, his government would ensure that rural areas benefit from key projects while developing the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

Speaking about restructuring, the YPP candidate promised to ensure that the yearnings of the people were achieved for the development of the nation.

“The most important thing that my presidency will bring to Nigerians is the constitutional restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria so that this country can actually become a real nation, not just a country,” he said.

Moghalu added, “Under our presidency, the youths will become leaders of today, not tomorrow. We will work with women as equal partners and the economy is going to be fundamentally reformed.”

Two Days To Elections, Durotoye And Moghalu Trade Words Over Popularity

Two Days To Elections, Durotoye And Moghalu Trade Words Over Popularity

 

Two presidential candidates, Mr Olufela Durotoye and Professor Kingsley Moghalu, Thursday disagreed over who is more popular.

Durotoye who is contesting on the platform of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) engaged Moghalu of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in an argument during their appearance on Channels Television’s special elections programme – The Verdict.

“I really like Professor Moghalu’s optimism but one of the most interesting things is that the facts don’t lie,” the ANN candidate said.

“More recently, there was a survey that was done to show the popularity of parties. Maybe Professor Moghalu as a person may be known, but his party is not known.”

According to Durotye, the report contains the list of political parties participating in the elections in order of their level of popularity.

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He admitted that the two main parties – All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) top the chart.

The ANN candidate added that other political parties that completed the top five were his party, as well as the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

“In reality, the three parties that are left from the top five are APC, PDP, and Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), the party with the logo of a lion,” he said

Durotoye added, “So, the numbers are telling us something different from what Professor Moghalu is saying.”

In a swift reaction, the YPP candidate said he has not come to argue about his level of popularity, saying he was confident of victory.

He said, “Let me just make it very clear that I am not here to debate with anyone, the facts speak for themselves.

“I am a leading alternative candidate outside of the APC and the PDP, and the YPP is the leading alternative party. There are numerous polls that have established that and I don’t want to go into them.”

Professor Moghalu further took a swipe at his ANN opponent, saying his popularity is not determined by social media engagement.

He insisted that the result would speak in the elections and revealed that his party was taking steps that would earn his a shock victory at the polls.

The YPP candidate said, “We will see at the end of the day what the reality is, but I have no question in my mind that I will be sworn in as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“I’m not a social media candidate, I’m on social media but I deal with real people on the ground in Nigeria who vote actually.”

General Elections: Soyinka-Led Citizen Forum Endorses Moghalu

 

The Citizen forum, led by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has endorsed the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, Kingsley Moghalu.

Professor Soyinka made this known in a statement issued on Friday.

According to him, the decision was arrived at by the forum after months of consultations and interactions with Nigerians, especially the respective opposition contenders for the presidency.


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Read The Full Statement Below.

New Directions In A Time Of Decision

The nation has been brought to her knees.  Internally, the blaring media testimony needs no augmentation. Beyond her borders, Nigeria is the tale of citizens designated pariahs of the global community for whom special dossiers are opened, and units of security agencies are specifically assigned.

Online transactions are programmed to reject basic usage once the word ‘Nigeria’ is inserted in the Data profile.

There are few nations left, within or outside the continental borders where – no matter the codeword – a Nigerian ‘room’ has not been designated. Her humanity litters the sand trails of the Sahara, it lines the Mediterranean sea-bed with the bones of a desperate generation, seeking ‘green pastures’.

Lines from my poems have been appropriated and embossed as epitaphs on the tombstones of Nigerians washed up the isle of Catania and accorded dignified burials by total strangers, certainly paid more respect than Nigerians themselves consider due to their own humanity.  Other would-be migrants have been slaughtered by religious fundamentalists on the shores of Tripoli, while waiting for their precarious crossing on suicidal boats.

Yet others end up as commodities in the slave markets of Libya and Mauritania, hundreds recently rescued and airlifted – credit where credit is due! – repatriated by government.

It was not always thus. Numerous Nigerians believe that it need not remain so. There is always a choice to be made outside any presumptuous orders – in reality associations guaranteed to perpetuate social disorders and the politics of inequality. This is not the thinking of any one individual but of a large section of this populace.

If it were not, there would not have been a record number of nearly a hundred political groups aspiring to take over the reins of governance. We do not need any instruction however to estimate that several of the aspiring groups are mere plants, raised to sow confusion. It redounds to the credit of a few individuals, including some of the candidates themselves, who embarked on efforts to winnow down their own ranks, then seek a consensus candidate as standard bearer for the battle against the two political behemoths.

They did not succeed, but that is no cause for despair. They still deserve the gratitude of Nigerians for their uniquely principled efforts.

The CITIZEN FORUM – last heard of during the time of the dictator, Sani Abacha – was pulled out of retirement to join in their effort to arrive at peer consensus.

The Forum worked peripherally with them. It made no attempt – I stress this – no attempt whatsoever to impose its own preferences, but utilized material from the deliberations of at least four such selection groups. It remained on the fringe, except on invitation. Our mission today is simply to present the result of that effort by Citizen Forum which, I am especially gratified to reveal, coincides with my own personal preference.

The CF conclusion is obviously not binding on other groups or individuals involved in the exercise. May I take this opportunity to advise the public that neither Citizen Forum nor myself, belongs to any Third Force or other Consensus seeking councils by any other name. Please ignore any such attributions.

Over the past few months, we studied the careers, experiences and track records of most of the presidential aspirants, and most intensely those actually short-listed by the opposition parties themselves. Like millions of Nigerians, we watched the debates. I physically interacted with some of the acknowledged top contenders, in some cases several times.

We participated in HANDSHAKE ACROSS NIGERIA, where some candidates presented their briefs. Among others, I delivered a keynote address. We watched television interviews. We have exchanged notes with highly respected international Civil Servants. The drive towards Consensus among these dedicated groups sometimes took the form of test questionnaires to the aspirants, including items such as: ‘Who among the contestants would you choose, if you did not emerge as the ultimate preference?’

There was nothing complicated about assessment parameters: mental preparedness, analytical aptitude, response to the nation’s security challenges, economic grounding, grasp of socio-political actualities, including a remedial concern with the Nigerian image in foreign perception etc. etc. not forgetting a convincing commitment to governance and resource decentralization – commonly referred to as Restructuring.

The Forum rejected retrograde propositions of a political merry-go-round, which urge the electorate to choose this or that candidate in order to ensure “our turn” at the next power incumbency. Overall, the exercise was exacting but also – therapeutic.

It proved yet again that there is over-abundant leadership quality locked up in the nation, and that it is a collective shortcoming that the political space has not been sufficiently opened up to let soar such potential. Well, to cite the Chinese proverb: a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

Let me reiterate: there is over-abundant, but stifled leadership material, and there can be no excuse, now that that potential of high quality is being manifested, for constricting the political space in a population that is nudging two hundred million. And that statement is of course specially addressed to those who took part in this exercise, those who deliberated opted out of it, some of whom were assessed anyway.

Such potential compelled us to exercise utmost rigour in what proved to be a most daunting exercise. The final determination however is – the flag-bearer of the Young Progressive Party – KINGSLEY MOGHALU.

I shall conclude with a somewhat interesting aside. I met Moghalu again on Monday morning, February 4th, and informed him of the Forum’s decision. During our discussion, I happened to ask him – what is the meaning of Moghalu. I was curious, because it had taken quite some time along the way for me to know to which ethnic group the name belonged.

He replied: it means – “Evil Spirit, Leave me Be!” Then I asked him for his other names and he spelt them out:  “Actually my full names are Kingsley Chiedu Ayodele Moghalu”. Eyebrows raised, I asked, How come, Ayodele?  A piquant revelation resulted: “Oh, that came from Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. She was friends with my father. Mrs Kuti was my godmother, and she gave me the name Ayodele”.

I was learning this for the first time. Moghalu’s CV is however in the public domain – his publications, record, and vision. The above is just a side-note that contains its own mild, thought-provoking instruction, for those who care to examine the distractions of ethnic equivocations, and the rigid mind-sets and stereotypes imposed on products of circumstance.

That immediate task being now completed, Citizen Forum will now join forces with those who pray, “Evil Spirit, leave us be!” – at least those who subscribe to the belief that political elections are not a Do-or-Die Affair!

Wole SOYINKA

Convener, CITIZEN FORUM 2019

I Will Be Education President: Moghalu Vows To End ASUU Strikes

I Will Be Education President: Moghalu Vows To End ASUU Strikes

 

A presidential hopeful, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, says the strikes by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be a thing of the past if he is elected president.

Moghalu who is contesting the election on the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) also promised to be an education president.

“We will invest in how our children learn … then we will invest in educational infrastructure and finally, I will end ASUU strikes in Nigeria,” he said at a debate in Abuja on Saturday.

“When I say that I will be the education President of Nigeria, the YPP is committed and my government will make secondary school education free in this country.”

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The debate was organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) to provide a platform for presidential candidates to tell Nigerians how they planned to move the nation forward.

Professor Moghalu, who offered solutions to the challenges in the economic and health sectors, said he has what it takes to improve the education system.

He added that he would invest “very heavily” in the public school system of the country, saying the education was worthy of his administration’s priority.

The YPP candidate revealed that while only about seven per cent of the nation’s budget is allocated to education; his administration would begin the first budget of 2020 with not less than 20 per cent of it devoted to education.

He, however, noted that this was not enough as increasing the budgetary allocation for the sector does not mean its problems would be solved.

“The YPP has a very strong attachment to education and I happen to be a professor myself, so I have very practical experience in this area,” Moghalu noted.

“The first thing that our government will do is that we will bring to education a political will to make it the priority because the progress of Nigeria rises or falls on the progress of our educational system.”

He added, “We will invest in teacher training, we will re-train and re-certify Nigeria’s teachers at the primary school level, at secondary school level especially.”

The YPP candidate further promised to ensure that they invest in curriculum reform, saying about 60 – 70 per cent of the curriculum would be moved towards technology, vocational skills, and entrepreneurship.

According to him, every young man or woman coming out of an educational system in Nigeria must know how to run a business as “that is how the jobs of the future are created”.

We Cannot Fix The Economy If We Don’t Fix Our Politics – Moghalu

 

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, says Nigeria’s political system must be fixed before its economy can experience any significant improvement.

He stated this at the NEDG/BON presidential debate which held on Saturday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

“Let’s first understand that we cannot fix the economy if we don’t fix our politics,” Moghalu said.

“Our economy can never grow for as long as we are led by the incompetent, visionless, and recycled and arrogant old politicians that have run this country’s economy into the ground and are seeking another four years of poverty for us.”

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The YPP candidate stressed the need for Nigerians to elect a president who understands how to manage the economy.

He further highlighted some of the strategies he plans to use in fixing the nation’s economy to improve the standard of living of the people.

According to Moghalu, the problem the nation must solve is that it does not have an economic policy.

He said the nation has to realise that it needs to decide whether it is a capitalist or socialist country and the type of capitalism it is practicing if that is the case.

“My approach to the Nigerian economy is first of all to focus on reforming the educational system, to ensure that our young people have the skills that can make them competitive in the 21st century and the skills that can give them jobs or help them to set up their own jobs,” the YPP candidate state.

He added that there are plans by his administration to ensure the youths have access to finance through “N1trillion venture capital fund” which would provide equity capital for them.

The debate, organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), provided a platform for the candidates to tell Nigerians how they planned to move the nation forward.

Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Mr Fela Durotoye of the Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN) were also present at the debate.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, were absent.

NEDG/BON Presidential Debate

 

The 2019 presidential debate put together by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) is underway. 

Present at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja where the debate is taking place are Oby Ezekwesili (ACPN Presidential Candidate), Fela Durotoye (ANN presidential candidate), and Kingsley Moghalu (YPP presidential candidate).

Five candidates were expected but two are absent and they are Muhammadu Buhari (APC presidential candidate), and Atiku Abubakar (PDP presidential candidate).

Just like we witnessed at the vice presidential debate, the candidates are expected to reveal to Nigerians their plans for the country as the nation prepares for the general elections.

Stay with us for updates from the debate.