2019: US-Based Sam Mbonu, Declares For Presidency
The Executive Director at the Nigerian-American Leadership Council (NALC), Mr Sam Okey Mbonu has declared his candidacy for the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria.
Mbonu, who first gave the hint while speaking at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in February, has finally stamped his good foot down to give the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, a good run.
Mbonu was, in February, honored as one of the most accomplished Nigerians in the United States at the special event in his honor at the Airforce One Boardroom at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California.
Speaking at the event, he decried the depth at which Nigeria had descended, due to a leadership vacuum at the center.
He stated that in a globalized world, any failures in leadership in a large country like Nigeria, would be apparently glaring at the world stage.
In further remarks, Mbonu regretted that in recent times, the world had watched as Nigeria slowly and hopelessly descended into strife, chaos, and gory images of murderous religious-fanaticism, on international television.
He stated that the brave in any given society were those who have the courage to confront systems that held people down, and to restore the dignity of humanity when societies fall short.
He, therefore, called for the new generation of Nigerians to hearken unto the words of former US President Barack Obama who said, that the new generations were “the ones we’ve been waiting for”!
In the speech titled “We have seen the light, and we are not going back to darkness!”, he recounted his rise from a humble childhood.
He narrated how he was reared by parents who were educators in Nigeria, and his life of public service from a young age.
Part of his accomplishments in the United States include serving as a Washington DC Policy Advisor, Consultant, and Media Analyst.
He also provides strategic advisory to US institutions, including the US Congress, Organization of American States, various US institutions, and the media; on Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa matters.
Mbonu’s recognition was preceded by a reception for the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on the same day and in the same venue, thus underscoring a shift in global leadership to a newer generation.
Mbonu is also co-founder of the Washington-based Nigeria and Africa focused Think-Tank, the “Nigerian-American Leadership Council (NAL Council)”.
He had also previously served as a “Commissioner for Housing & Community Development in Maryland, United States”.
In 2015, he was designated a “powerful voice on US-Nigeria matters” by the US media giant MSNBC.
Based on the situation in Nigeria, he formed a “presidential exploratory committee”, to offer solutions to Nigeria’s current problems of chronic under-development and strife.
Mbonu stated that his public service in Nigeria would focus on two man areas, “Electric Energy and the provision of sufficient Water Resources across the country.”
Mbonu stated that he would center his public service in Nigeria on what he called “the Power & Water Agenda”, believing that once electric power is created, the Nigerian economy would quadruple and strife would be reduced to insignificance.
Speaking of his credibility, he said that he has been “tried and tested in the most rigorous environment in the world, the United States.”
He affirmed that he has ‘integrity, is clean, fresh, and do not have corruption charges on our neck, anywhere in the world’.
ElombahNews was reliably informed that the White House has given him the nod, haven worked shoulder to shoulder with him for years.