Kingsley Moghalu has been described as the most intriguing presidential candidate in the upcoming 2019 elections by Ian King, a Sky News journalist.
Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is aiming to win the presidential seat under the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP).
Ian wrote in The Times of London on Tuesday saying Moghalu is Nigeria’s “self-styled” Emmanuel Macron who has presented himself as a “thoroughly modern presidential candidate”.
According to him, “Moghalu’s policy prescription also includes more infrastructure investment. He accepts that while Nigeria has benefited from the process of “leapfrogging”, where a lack of landlines has encouraged rapid take-up of mobile technology and a lack of established electricity grids has enabled the rapid adoption of off-grid solar power, that can go only so far.
“Nigeria, in particular, has a very high level of mobile phone technology and that’s a good thing, but I don’t think you can apply leapfrogging to every aspect of development.
“The would-be president also has controversial views on Chinese investment in Africa. He says that many African nations have not benefited as they should have done, arguing that a lot of the continent’s leaders have lacked the “intellectual soundness” to drive a harder bargain with the Chinese.”
King further explained that the education and legal systems of Nigeria “prevent too many women from reaching their potential”.
Moghalu has promised to redress the imbalance in ministerial appointments across both genders.
“But is Nigeria ready for a technocratic president?”, he asked.
“Moghalu, who points to his work nation-building in Rwanda, Angola and the former Yugoslavia during his time at the UN, insists that it is.
“Many will wish him luck. If this is to be the African century, the continent’s biggest country must fulfil its economic potential.
“If it does not and poverty continues to grow, the chances are that an increasing proportion of Nigeria’s growing population will head elsewhere, adding to the global migration crisis”.