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Moghalu, Young Peoples Party And The Rest of Us 

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Nigeria News takes a look at the chances of the youths in the coming 2019 presidential election.

In the heat of the ongoing politicking, we need to also reflect over Nigeria’s economic outlook in the next six months.

One, we do not yet have a budget for 2019 as at the end of November. Will it come before the elections in February? If it does come, will it be passed before April?

Two, post-election, new and incoming governors are likely going to advise banks to watch how they honour cheques and other financial instruments from outgoing governors even as the outgoing governors award themselves and other political appointees hefty severance benefits and very generous pension arrangements.

Three, election spending will very likely fuel inflation further.

Four, foreign investors and the capital market are likely to go into a semi-freeze mode.

Five, workers in the public sector are likely going to continue to push, threaten and kick for almost everything they will get in this season, including their wages.

Six, our foreign reserves would very likely be drawn further down.

Seven, very few significant investment deals will be signed in this season. Then Nigerians will look into the hills from where cometh their help.’

Just listened to Kinsgley Moghalu, a professor of Political Economy, former Vice President of the Central Bank and Presidential candidate of the Young Peoples Party in the 2019 elections on Channels Television, I could conclude that the academic had got answers to many of the challenges above.

This is a Nigerian. He knows the problems. He has the right attitude. He has the right answers. He is targeting those who can make it happen – the unsung Nigerian youths who formed 60 percent of the population. That is some 60 million voting public if they all have their PVCs. But do they?

I must confess it is the first time I would hear him speak and am sold even on the first encounter.

And in case you are like me, silently looking for a Nigerian who can work for Nigeria and make Nigeria happen, perhaps we can look in Moghalu’s direction.

This is no endorsement. Just saying it as it came to my mind this morning and my rights to an opinion are damned well protected.

Don’t tell me all the reasons why he may not get there. I think we all know that. He has belonged to an unpopular party, Young Peoples Party.

Change may not be ushered by an umbrella. Brooms may still fail in capacity to clean the mess that the umbrella has covered for 16 years. The strength of our growth lies in our youths. It is time to stop their continued slide and dependence on Tramadol and Codeine.

This is a professor who has chosen the platform of the youths to save Nigeria from further fall but it is sad that the same youths will be used against him.

What of the former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, the presidential flagbearer of the Social Democratic Party whose voice is not loud enough to outdo the campaigns by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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