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Okonjo-Iweala can’t go through what it takes to be Nigeria’s president – Dele Momodu


Publisher of Ovation International Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu, on Tuesday, played down former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s chance of becoming Nigeria’s president.

Although the veteran journalist acknowledged she has what it takes to function as Nigeria’s president by pledging to support her candidacy, he maintained that she cannot go through what it takes to get to the position.

Momodu’s statement was triggered by a follower’s comment to his previous Twitter post where he was lamenting the government’s cruelty over the approach to the National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) linkage process.

Momodu had raised concerns over the ban placed on the sale of new sim cards by the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) since December 9, 2020, with the level of unemployment in the country.

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He Said: “How can a country shut down economic activities for months by banning the sale of new sim cards for voice and data because of a mere NIN registration!! Why are we so unreasonably cruel in a country with an army of unemployed youths… We need deliverance…”

In reaction to this comment by Moomodu, a follower who looked like a close ally of the veteran broadcaster named James Godson (@Uzoramaka) disagreed by saying that a president needs a good cabinet and asked if he will support OKonjo-Iweala’s bid if she contests for the presidency.

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“Bob Dee, I disagree, we don’t actually need deliverance, we only need sound leadership. Any sitting President needs good ministers around them, policy and strategy must be Fit For Purpose. Let me ask you now publicly, will you support a [email protected] NOIweala bid?”

Reacting to the question, Momodu said: “I will surely support any candidate of Dr Ngozi OKONJO-IWEALA’s calibre but such people cannot go through what it takes to be Nigeria’s President. The last time I raised it with her, she shut me up before I could finish!!!”

“We now need a #PurpleMovement in Nigeria. Every woman, and their own biological or non-biological children should come together to dislodge the “Rulers”. A nation that has empowered her womenfolk will prosper, England has a queen on her throne, they are noble,” 

Okonjo-Iweala, however, has not made her intentions public about vying for the presidency but has been in the cabinet of past Nigerian presidents when she served two terms as Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003–2006, 2011–2015) under the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan respectively.

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