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 believe 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 believe is still strong and unrelenting.
“It occurs that at last, Atiku’s candidancy 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”, he said.
Dr Kalu quoted Achebe who said that “Nothing is wrong with Nigeria but it’s leadership”. This correlates with the words of the Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara “Nigeria’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”.
According to Dr. Emeka Kalu, “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”.
Dr Kalu further expressed his absolute faith in Atiku’s capacity to lead Nigeria right, which can be seen in Atiku’s blueprint of governance. 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 countered that he is 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 ssid.
Finally, Dr Kalu further buttressed that a unique quality which shows that Atiku is better for Nigeria in going forward, in view of the present sorry state of national integration in Nigeria is that in Atiku’s thinking, there is only One Nigeria; whose citizens without exception deserves 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”, he concludes.