Dear Prof. Moghalu,

Dear Prof,

I heard this morning of your withdrawal from partisan politics.

I let out a sigh and the first thought that came to my head was “ What if Buhari resigned after his first attempt?!”

Prof. Moghalu

While the 14th position in the last poll is absolutely ridiculous, (who knew there were that many contestants) I’m afraid that stating your disappointment with the youth of the country is not enough reason to give up on a cause. A good one at that.

If at first you don’t succeed, Try and Try again, that is what the old saying told us. Reinforcing the power of persistence and the wisdom that comes from doing.

I imagine a comeback season, where you put all your learning from the past election to use, and come up with a stronger campaign strategy. Top of the mind awareness is always a successful “marketing tool”. In the following years, we could build a better campaign, increase popularity and share the vision with the mass populace.

Unless you don’t think your value proposition will be widely accepted. In that case you might be right. My father taught me to always quit while I am ahead, when the applause is still loud.

But I believe that you have a value to the nation. I believe that these youths whom have disappointed you, that you can make them a believer.

We may never know how it plays out, but I propose that it’s worth a second go. The current president only succeeded at his 4th attempt, hopefully yours doesn’t get to that.

But we will never know that now that you have quit, will we?


A Nigerian rooting for you.

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is a Nigerian lawyer and political Economist, a former United Nations official, and professor in international business and public policy at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He served as deputy governor of financial system stability and the director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from 2009 to 2014. In 2016, Moghalu founded the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation. He was the 2019 Young Progressive Party (YPP) presidential candidate in the past presidential election.


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