Doyin Okupe, former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed why the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Kingsley Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, should become President and Vice, respectively, in 2019.
He said the pair should be allowed to rule Nigeria because they are “intellectual people with vast experiences.”
Okupe said this while warning Nigerians to put away tribal or religious sentiments in choosing the country’s next president.
Speaking with The Sun, the former Presidential aide urged Nigerians to vote for a competent presidential candidate who will revamp Nigeria’s economy.
According to Okupe, “In the past, we have chosen our leaders purely on ethnicity and religion, which is unfortunate. As long as we restrict ourselves to those two pillars, we are not getting anywhere. Nigeria is in a precarious situation. Nobody should become the president by merely hailing from a particular geographical location.
“Everybody in the country will suffer the consequences of bad governance when the wrong choice is made. We must ensure we allow only the very best among us to pilot the affairs of this nation blessed with abundant resources.
“We need a team of those with political and economic experience to occupy the offices of the president and vice president. The team of Saraki/Moghalu or Dankwambo/ Moghalu will be fantastic. These are intellectual people with vast experiences. The era has passed when Nigerians said it didn’t matter who became the president. Now they know that it matters a lot.
“I am begging Nigerians to vote for the very best. Nobody will have a company as big as Nigeria with over N500 billion capital and then use somebody who has never run a five million naira business to head it. That will be garbage in garbage out. Some of the best people in the world are Nigerians so why should we be having leadership problem.
“It is because we as the electorate have been making the wrong choice. People talk about corruption but everybody in Nigeria is more or less corrupt. We must come together and say that corruption is endemic and resolve to stop it now but we are going to get our leaders from Nigeria not Ghana. We include in our constitution things that will not allow our leaders to be corrupt or to encourage it. Once we put that in place and have a very vibrant legislature to do the check and balance, we are on our way up.”