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Adebayo Ogunlesi: Trump Fires His Nigerian Economic Adviser On Twitter

Late last year, President Trump appointed Nigerian economist, Adebayo Ogunlesi as a member of his Economic Advisory team.

Trump sacked him today along with other distinguished CEOs in both economic councils. He announced the dissolution of two business advisory councils on Twitter.

Ogunlesi’s appointment last year somewhat reduced the tension of Nigerian immigrants who feared the worst in the wake of Trump’s victory in November, 2016.

President Trump dissolved his economic council on Twitter after majority of the CEO members of council Ogunlesi was part of voted to leave. This was after the president’s remarks over the Charlottesville saga that claimed the life of 30 year old Heather Heyer.

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The young woman was amongst a group of counter protestants in an ethnic and racially charged white nationalist rally. In his remarks, Donald Trump disappointed a huge number of Americans, from the masses to top business personnel and politicians of both parties.

He has been condemned for his approach to the incident and accused of fueling bigotry in the country. His supporters however maintain that America’s internal divisiveness cannot be blamed on Trump.

Trump blamed both sides for the chaos. By so doing he equated White supremacists to ordinary civilians who seek equality in their society.

His seemingly one-sided stand caused a national uproar that has gone as far as spurring the dissolution of his economic council of few months.

While every other thing in Trump’s administration seems to be falling apart, the job market has continued to grow in the United States. The recent firing of all his international CEO advisers is feared to affect the economic growth so far.

However, Trump in his tweet brags that he will replace them with better candidates. He also did not forget to thank them for the short time of service.

Adebayo Ogunlesi is a Nigerian-born lawyer and investment banker. He is the founder of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Adebayo was the only black man appointed by Trump as a member of the now defunct Economic Advisory Committee.

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There are just a few government officials who are not yet victims of the President’s spontaneous fire and hire routine.

Trump’s economic council was grouped into 2- Strategic and Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative Council. Ogunlesi was a member of the former.

As regards to the sack, it is on record that the CEO members of the council quit their positions before the sack announcement on Twitter. They were going to make it formal but the president who once said he enjoys suspense, preempted their move and took to Twitter to announce it first.

Adebayo Ogunlesi was born in Ondo State, Nigeria.

The Oxford and Harvard graduate also happens to be a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He worked at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Taking after his father who was a professor, Adebayo Ogunlesi is a lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Yale School of Organization and Management where he teaches the course, Transnational Investment Projects in Emerging Countries.

Ogunlesi also serves on the boards of Callaway Golf Co. and Kosmos Energy Ltd. At the same time he’s the chairman of Africa Finance Corp. and serves on the boards of various not-for-profits ranging from New York Presbyterian Hospital to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.


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