Renowned Professor of Political Economy, Pat Utomi, has urged Igbos and Nigerians at large to vote for presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), whom he said would restore hope to Nigeria.
Utomi, who is a founding member of the Ndigbo Lagos group, said Igbos have been branded as people who sell their votes to the highest bidder. He, therefore, pleaded with people of the South-East to vote wisely in order to debunk this notion.
Utomi said this during the unveiling of a Pan-Igbo group, Igboekulie, in Lagos on Wednesday.
In a chat with journalists at the event, the management expert said Buhari’s ascendancy can be likened to the scenario in the United States in 1981, when the Americans were disillusioned with the Jimmy Carter administration with inflation as high as 29 per cent.
He added that it took the oldest man – Ronal Reagan – to run for Presidency in the United States to turn things around and revive the American spirit.
He said, “I think Nigerians don’t have any alternative in the person of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. I refer to him from my writings as the Buhari ascendancy. That reminds me of what happened in the US when I lived there with President Ronald Reagan.
“We had one wonderful, nice guy called Jimmy Carter as President. Things went so awfully wrong. Inflation was 29 per cent”.