Nigerian govt hails Trump’s ‘smart’ decision to appoint Ogunlesi


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)


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  • Iskacountryman

    but why is ogunlesi not our finance minister?…because the nigerian government is not smart!….

    • Raphael

      My brother the guy is above finance minister he can only advice

      • Iskacountryman

        i am not ya broda…

        • Victor Edward

          You truly are not his brother… You’re a goat instead

          • Iskacountryman

            thank you for bleating out the difference…

    • Malik Isah

      you are very smart

      • Iskacountryman


  • thusspokez

    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.

    Only 8% of African-Americans voted for Trump. So one would expect the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the largest African country and leader to be circumspect and diplomatic so as not to offend the sensitivity of African-Americans, but no, this clueless minister was showering Trump with verbal confetti on account of one small appointment he, Trump had made.

    No one, it would seem, is advising these clueless politicians. Where is the civil service and diplomats in both Nigeria and US who should be advising this man what to say and how to say it so as not to offend our African-American brothers, sisters. and others communities in the US.

    Is Trump’s appointment of one Nigeria to a minor post more important to Nigeria that maintaining good relationship with African-Americans and mutual supports?

  • Alex

    As* lickers don’t mind who’s as* they want to Lick when ever the as* made it self avaliable.Lick!Lick!! Delude miserable country foreign minister

  • kaleshi

    What makes it a ‘smart’ decision? Just because a Nigerian was appointed? So, Trump’s other appointments are not smart because the appointees are not Nigerians?