A presidential Aspirant for the forthcoming 2019 General Elections in Nigeria, Professor Kinglsey Moghalu has described Nigerian Politicians as clowns with selfish interests.
Professor Kingsley Moghalu who is running for president of Nigeria on the platform of the Young Progressive Party, YPP said Nigerian Politicians serve only themselves and do not have the best interest of the general populace at heart.
Prof. Moghalu made the comments during a book event organised by the management of the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy in Ibadan, Oyo state, South-west Nigeria.
Prof. Moghalu stated that Nigerian Politicians were crossing between parties only to serve their own interests. He berated them for the culture of cross carpeting stating that they should be busy designing manifestos that will impact the lives of ordinary Nigerians instead.
He went further to condemn the recent invasion of the National Assembly by masked operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
“Most politicians in Nigeria don’t have respect for the rule of law.” Prof. Moghalu said.
He went further to say,
“The impunity of the DSS to invade the National Assembly is unacceptable. If some of the agencies of the government can’t respect the rule of law, how do you expect the president to respect the rule of law? “It is time for all of us as citizens of this nation to get involved in politics. Politicians keep on entertaining us with carpet crossing. Every week, there is one defection or the other; people still spend time to defend politicians. We need to go to the polling booths in 2019 to vote them out. “Nigeria’s politics is not based on policies or intellectual understanding of the system but on sentiments, ethnicity and religion. We are either APC or PDP.”
The presidential hopeful bemoaned the fact that Nigeria was being ruled by illiterates and semi-illiterates stating that it was difficult to fathom that people who didn’t go to school were ruling the educationally sound majority.
He blamed Nigerians themselves for the development, “The only reason this is happening is because we have continued to let it happen. It is time for something new, different and bold.” He said.
Read Excerpts from Prof. Moghalu’s speech below,
“A leader must be ready to take calculated risks because humans like certainty. We like what we are used to. We know that our politicians are up to no good; but we still try to adapt with the situation. That way, we will continue to perpetuate a cycle of poverty because we don’t have leaders who can take the society forward.
The reason for my coming into politics is because I am just one citizen and I am tired of this mess we are in. You cannot build if you are a divider. We must look beyond ethnic division.
I am a Nigerian running to be a Nigerian president, and I have a vision for which we can fix this country. We lack leaders with vision who can rise to build a great nation.
To fix the Nigerian economy, you must understand intellectually, what causes poverty and what builds the wealth of a nation.”