Between Fela Durotoye and Kingsley Moghalu, who is ready?
In 2015, we decided we wanted a new form of leadership and collectively removed the incumbent government at that time without placing so much emphasis on the credibility of who would finally become President. So far our choice was wrong by all indication and we are left clueless. 2019 is around the corner, while some people still have hope in the current government, some want something new.
The #NotToYoungToRun campaign has been running for awhile now, men have taken the call to contest. We currently have Kinglsey Moghalu and Fela Durotoye vying for 2019 Presidential election. These two men have decided to start from the top and vie for the President of Nigeria cum 2019. Do they have what it takes and what is their antecedence in leadership and politics? Let’s find out.
Fela believes that our generation has been chosen for greatness and believes that he is in the best position to lead it. He says, “A great generation delivers a better nation to his children than the one that it inherited from its parents”. We all know Fela as a motivational speaker but the man says he is more than that. A dive into Fela’s Linkedin profile, all I saw was the CEO of Gemstone Group and a graduate of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University.
Is this all we need in our President or we need some other traits? Meanwhile, Fela doesn’t have a Wikipedia account but his wife does. The odds are stacked against him but he is willing to fight for the position. It is obvious that Fela is daring and that is what we need in a leader. Someone who is willing to challenge the status quo. He also has one thing going for him, which is motivating people to action. Will that be enough, only time will tell.
Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is a political economist, lawyer, and former United Nations official. He is a Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Professor Kinglsey was a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009 to 2014. Umaru Yar’Adua, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2007–2010) appointed Moghalu Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in November 2009 following his confirmation by the Nigerian Senate. And just so we know, Yar’Adua is still our best President in 16+ years of democracy.
He was on the verge of cleaning the mess before his demise. Even though Professor Kingsley has by extension acted in various leadership capacities, can he work under the current political climate? This is a question he needs to answer, politics is a different ball game entirely.
Which leaves me the question that bugs me, is Nigeria’s problem a leadership or a structure problem. Using the US as a case study. the current President is a dramatist but he is bound by a structure which he can’t impede totally. This structure does the check and balances. Those who are calling for a restructure before the general election in 2019 are on the right track.