Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and Founder, Institute of Governance and Economic Transformation, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has declared his intention to contest in the 2019 presidential elections.
This was announced at a press conference held on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
Stating his vision to Build, Innovate and Grow Nigeria, MoghaIu said he is taking a stand to address ethnic and religious divisions in the country. He continued saying Nigerians are collectively exhausted by politicians who keep falling in and out of alliances, aggravate fears in order to keep themselves in power, and consistently fail to address the needs of ordinary citizens.
“We must stop recycling failed politicians and regenerate our leadership ranks with competent and experienced young men and women. Youths with requisite skills and experience must take over the mantle of leadership because this struggle is about the future of Nigeria, not its past. The nation needs strong, knowledgeable guidance at this time which is why I offer myself for service with a solid track record of quality leadership,” he said.
Emphasizing the need to modernize Nigeria, the presidential candidate said competence, capacity, and character is required to transform Nigeria into a strong nation – qualities that citizens who aspire to be president should possess.
“If it is about competence, my work as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria playing a leadership role in stabilizing the banking system after the global financial crisis speaks for itself. In capacity, working at the United Nations to institute internal reforms and reconstructing nations torn by war is there for everyone to see. On character, my relationship with colleagues, mentors, friends, and of course, family is a clear testament,” he stated.
Professor Moghalu went further to explain that although he has been approached by a number of political parties, he will keep his focus on the Nigerian people rather than parties which are vehicles for capturing power. He stated that his decision to join any political party will be based on commonality of vision and importance of a generational shift in political leadership.
A global leader who has made contributions to the stability, progress, and wealth of communities and nations, Kingsley Moghalu has taught and inspired citizens from more than 40 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, mentoring men and women for leadership roles in business, military intelligence, non-profits, and government service.
As Deputy Governor of the CBN from 2009 – 2014, he led the execution of extensive reforms in the Nigerian banking system after the global financial crisis.
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Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, has announced the suspension of the Emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman, following the crisis that occurred in Hardawa ward in Misau Local Government Area of the state which led to the death of nine people.
Several other people sustained varying degrees of injuries in the crisis.
Also suspended alongside the Emir are the District Head of Chiromah and Village Head of Zadawa or his representative.
The PUNCH had reported that nine people were killed and several others injured on Monday following the crisis that erupted between herders and Fulani farmers in Zadawa village in Misau LGA of Bauchi State.
Several others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
The governor had, on Tuesday, suspended the Caretaker Chairman of Misau LGA, Yaro Gwaram.
Suspended along with him are his deputy, Baidu Kafin-Misau and his Secretary, Usman Abdu.
The clash was over ownership of land in the surrounding settlement where herders are located and have been grazing for several years although the land belongs to the government.
The land was to be converted to farming land by the local government, a development that did not go down well with the herders.
President Buhari pays tribute to late Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi
President Muhammadu Buhari has paid glowing tribute to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the passage of the foremost monarch.
According to Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), in a letter to the family of the departed Oba, the President wrote:
“It gives me a deep sense of pleasure and fulfilment to do this brief tribute in memory of the illustrious Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Tadenikawo Aderemi, who reigned between 1930 and 1980.
“On this 40th Remembrance Anniversary of the great man, the country recalls the imprints of a foremost Nationalist, very successful businessman, former Governor, Western Region (1960-1962), and traditional ruler, on the sands of time.
“To the benefit of his memory, Ooni Aderemi built schools, dispensaries, churches, museums, and attracted the establishment in his domain of waterworks, electricity projects, and the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife).
“It is also on record that the respected monarch was a Member, Legislative Council of Nigeria (1946-1951); Delegate, African Conference, London (1948); President, Western House of Chiefs (1952-1960); Member, Federal House of Representatives/Minister (1952-1954); led Nigeria’s delegation to Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation (1953); and Member, Nigeria Constitutional Conferences (1953-1958).
“As the family remembers this awesome personality, knighted twice by the Queen of England, it gladdens the heart that his memory remains evergreen. Please, keep this alive, for the guidance and inspiration of the current and subsequent generations.
“May God give us more illustrious people in the mould of Ooni Adesoji Aderemi. Amen.”
Lalong’s Chief of Staff tests positive for COVID-19
The Chief of Staff to Plateau Governor Simon Lalong, Noel Donjur, has tested positive for COVID-19.
His status was discovered after test conducted for members of the State EXCO on July 1 on the order of the Governor.
Commissioner of information and communication, Mr Dan Manjang in a statement on Friday said:
“The outcome of the tests indicate that all other members of the State EXCO tested negative except the Chief of Staff who is asymptomatic and in good condition.
“Accordingly, health officials have commenced treatment for him at one of the isolation centres in the State capital Jos while members of his family and other contacts are being traced, tested and quarantined.
“The Chief of Staff who is in high spirits urged prayers from members of the public and also encourages people to submit to COVID-19 testing which is very important in unveiling cases and leading to treatment.
“However, other personal aides of the Governor, Permanent Secretaries, heads of parastatals as well as other senior civil servants conducted the test on Thursday 2nd July 2020 and are awaiting the results.”
Governor Lalong also urged the citizens to continue to adhere strictly to the guidelines issued to stop the spread of the virus.
Recall that Lalong ordered members of the State Executive Council to undergo COVID-19 test after Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Abe Aku positive.
He stated that after submitting themselves for the test, they should immediately proceed on self-isolation.
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