By Ibukun Emiola
Ibadan – A presidential aspirant, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has called on all Nigerians to be involved in politics in order to effect the desired change in the country.
Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) , made the call on Wednesday at a book reading event organised by the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ISGPP Book Readers’ Club was formally inaugurated on Aug. 8.
Moghalu’s book, ‘Build Innovate and Grow ‘(B.I.G), was the first to be read.
The author said the book, which had four parts spread across 25 chapters, was seeking to provide answers to the myriads of challenges facing Nigeria.
He said the book was a product of his 17 years experience at the United Nations and five years at the CBN.
Moghalu added that the book was focused on leadership and governance, nation building, economy and foreign policy.
“Politics first defines the human condition in any society
“How it is managed and run, whether it has good outcome, free or fair among others; these determine whether a society can prosper.
“Nigeria is very poor; it is amazing how Nigerians still fold their hands and allow the set of people who plunge them into poverty to still call the shots and dictate even to the educated and informed minds on the direction to go.
“Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world, having the highest number of people with absolute poverty; 87 million people in a 200 million population.
“Nigerians must be propelled to make the necessary change in 2019 through their votes. As it is now, Nigerian politics is not based on policy or intellectual understanding but based on sentiment and pride,” he said.
Present at the event were the Executive Vice-Chairman of ISGPP, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, Chairman of the Governing Board of ISGPP, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, and veteran journalist, Chief Felix Adenaike.