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I have no regret supporting Atiku – Emeka Kalu

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Says Nigeria real problem is the absence of true leadership 

The Director-General of Global Initiative for Good Governance, Dr. Emeka Kalu has said that he threw his weight behind Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in 2019 because of his belief in his leadership capabilities and ingenuity in understanding the model that makes Nigeria work, insisting that he will still support him in 2023 because that belief is still strong and unrelenting.

Kalu stated this in a release made available to The Guardian.

He said: “It occurs that at last, Atiku’s candidacy will become an alternative to the Buhari brand of leadership.

“He has truly moulded in the person of a man who is many things rolled into one, and in whom Nigerians will find the qualities they are looking for in both management of the economy and practical leadership that will turn Nigeria around.”

Kalu quoted Chinua Achebe who said that “nothing is wrong with Nigeria but it’s leadership”. He also made reference to the former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara who believed the country’s real disease is lack of leadership.

“I disagree with all those who say our major national disease is financial corruption; rather, the real disease has been the absence of true leadership. This, in turn, breeds moral corruption and wickedness. 

“I have no regret supporting Atiku Abubakar because he is the right person for the people of Nigeria at this time considering the uninspiring leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.

Kalu further expressed his absolute faith in Atiku’s capacity to lead the country, making reference to the latter’s blueprint of governance. 

According to him, the former vice president who enjoys the company of educated people and is an intellectual in his own right has prepared a policy document with his vision encapsulated in jobs opportunity, being united and security. 

He noted that Atiku was also a good economic manager as Vice President under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. 

“Atiku was the Chairman of the National Economic Council which started a revolution of all sorts in the management of the national economy. He did well in introducing measures and implementing policies that gave the entire national economy a lease of life and breath of fresh air and created jobs and regular income for the majority of Nigerians”, he said.

Kalu said Atiku is a detribalised Nigerian who believe in one Nigeria that its citizens without exception deserve equal access to the good things of life. 

“The way the former vice president runs his businesses and his large family is such that there is no place for tribalism, no ethnicity, no nepotism, no exclusion or 97 versus 5 per cent,” Kalu said.


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