The Federal Government has hailed the appointment of Bayo Ogunlesi by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as an economic adviser, saying the decision is a smart move.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that Mr. Ogunlesi is an outstanding professional who has accomplished a lot.
“He (Trump) is very wise to have appointed Bayo because Bayo is really an outstanding person professionally and really, I think in many ways.
“It is almost paradoxical that we in the country will certainly need people with the caliber of Bayo Ogunlesi and that it should be the U.S. rather, that is now going to be benefiting from his amazing talents.
“But I think the U.S. can only benefit from somebody of Bayo’s talent,” he said.
Notwithstanding the misgivings of some people about the policies of Mr. Trump’s administration concerning Africa and Nigeria in particular, Mr. Onyeama hoped that Nigeria would have a cordial diplomatic relations with Trump’s administrations.
“We are looking also optimistically to working with the new U.S. (President-elect Donald Trump’s) administration.
“We hope that we would be able to find common course. At the moment, we have very good relations, this particular (President Barack Obama’s) administration has been extremely supportive of Nigerian’s policies.
“And we would like to build on that with the incoming administration,” he said.
The minister also expressed the hope that with the presence of Ogunlesi in Trump’s team, he could be able to bring positive policies about Nigeria and Africa to bear on Trump’s administration.
“And who knows, maybe the presence of Bayo in the team in the U.S. might hopefully be able to bring to the administration positive perspectives with regards to Nigeria,” he said.
The 63-year-old Mr. Ogunlesi, who is the chairman of Global Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm and one of Fortune 500 companies, is the only African face in Mr. Trump’s 16-member economic advisory team.
The forum is composed of some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders.
They will be called upon to meet with the President frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his economic agenda “to bring back jobs and ‘Make America Great Again”. (NAN)