A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu has explained why he does not blame Nigerian youths for leaving the country and seeking greener pastures abroad.
He said the economic situation in the country is frustrating.
He said although his children are based abroad, they look forward to coming back to Nigeria.
“My family has always been international by virtue of my career and my kids all want to come home to Nigeria.
“That is why they encourage me in my political career because they feel that if I can win, I can lead the creation of a Nigeria to which they can return to very happily. And many other families return to.
“Look at young people in this country, everyone wants to go, leave the country because there is so much misery, so much economic frustration.
“And I don’t blame them for leaving. My heart goes out to those young people. I want to lead the creation of a new Nigeria to which they can return,” he said.
Moghalu said he could have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 but he realised that neither of the parties can help to actualise his vision for Nigeria.
“I do not believe that the Nigerian political leadership class is sincere or capable of changing this country for the better.
“In 2019, I had the opportunity to join the PDP or the APC but I advised myself to introduce my vision to Nigerians and take a long-term approach to my political career.
“Because I did not feel satisfied just going in to become part of the system that feeds fat on the commonwealth of Nigerians. If I join APC or PDP today, I have gone to take care of myself but the vision I have for the people, I do not think these parties are able to accommodate it, I don’t think they are able to execute it.
“So we must build an alternative to them and educate the voters towards that alternative,” he explained.
Moghalu, a lawyer and political economist, was the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 presidential election.
He left the YPP in October 2019 and recently joined the ADC.
ADC political party fielded Pat Utomi as its candidate in the 2007 presidential election.