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‘Nigerians need compassionate president in 2019’



The call for a new breed of leaders to take Nigeria to the next level of governance yielded fresh fruits yesterday, with the emergence of Chike Ukaegbu, as a new entrant into the 2019 presidential race.

The 35-year-old graduate of Biomedical Engineering, who announced his decision to contest the Presidency in 2019, said industrialization holds the key to Nigeria’s emergence as a global player in the scheme of things.

Speaking of his motivation and vision, Ukaegbu said: “Greatness is born of vision, that is, seeing the invisible and making it a reality. Nigeria needs a visionary leader now more than ever. This is our time and I am the right choice to lead our nation.”

Being the son of retired civil servants, the Owerri, Imo State-born Presidential aspirant was recently named one of the UN’s 100 most influential people of African descent under 40.

He said although he is a technology entrepreneur resident in New York City, he went to school in Nigeria from kindergarten through his second year at the University of Lagos, before heading to the United States, where he studied biomedical engineering at City College of New York, Executive Leadership and Management at Cornell University, took MBA courses at University of Pennsylvania, and studied Venture Capital and Investments at Stanford University.

He added that he has been recognised as one of Ten Nigerian-Americans Making Waves in Tech by UrbanGeekz, an honoree of Black Enterprise’s 100 Modern Men of Distinction award, which referred to him as ‘The Tech Accelerator’.

Further, Ukaegbu disclosed that he was named a NYC Rising Star by Pave; Patron of Progress by CuriosityLab; one of 20 African Americans Impacting The World Through Social Impact and Social Innovation by Causeartist; and was selected by the US Department of State to represent the US in China and Zambia as an entrepreneurship evangelist.

He declared: “For every powerful nation, since industrialisation, the pillars of sustenance, competitiveness and wealth have been technology, education and entrepreneurship. These three pillars are interdependent and serve as the foundation on which all other elements of greatness are built upon.

“In all three, Nigeria lags behind, as it stands at an unfamiliar crossroad of two dissimilar paths. If the country is to be salvaged, then we all need to arise and elect Nigerians, who have the vision, strategy and compassion needed to serve and lead the people.”

Ukaegbu said he has taken time to expose his resume to show Nigerians that he is not only qualified to lead the country to greatness, but also to disprove skeptics that claim the country lacks capable young people to steer the ship of state to safe, secure and sustainable harbor.

He assured that if elected President in 2019, he would use the first two years to set the institutional and structural pillars that would sanitise the system, make for greater efficiency and good governance.

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