FACTS have emerged why President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo , Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment , to steer the affairs of the Ministry for the next four years (2019-2023).
Nigeria Industrial Digest learned that Otunba Adebayo, a legal practitioner and former governor of Ekiti State (1999 – 2003), left office with an unsullied record of achievements.
A piece on him written by Kayode Fayemi , Governor , Ekiti State, said: “Otunba Adebayo’s pristine legacy in cash strapped Ekiti remains indelible – including the imposing Ekiti House in Abuja and the well built road in Isan-Ekiti, two of the projects carried out with funds raised from the very first Ekiti State Bond.
“His enduring legacy of a peaceful and tranquil state has made him such a moral force with an undeniable weight of authority in the affairs of Ekiti State politics, and indeed progressive politics at the national level.
“When he left Government House, Ado-Ekiti, in 2003 he was only 45 – still young enough to have been afflicted by the existential challenge that drives people into post-office despair and desperation for political relevance.
“Instead, he did what does not come naturally to many of us in the political class – he moved on.
His trajectory after office has since revealed a man of many parts.
He is as comfortable in the precincts of politics as he is in the boardrooms of big business.
“The term “detribalized Nigerian” is such a cliché in Nigeria but it may be justly applied to Otunba Adebayo who has friends and associates from across the length and breadth of the country. “