By Bello Imam


I HAVE learn reactions trailing the enlistment of Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe, particularly on, as non-career Ambassadorial Nominee for Ondo State. These reactions are tagged to Mr. Ademario Emmanuel who doubles as ‘Chairman Ondo Youth Coalition & Nationwide President of Youth Development Initiative’, and ‘The President Yoruba Afenifere Youth Organisation of Nigeria’, Eric Oluwole, whereby they surmised precipitously that the nominee for Ondo is just not from Ondo State, thus the appointment won’t stand.

These pair of Ondo sons additional alluded that Ondo State has distinguished little children that would take up the appointment and serve Nigeria credibly as a substitute of Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe. While Ademario Emmanuel was quoted to have asserted that Ondo State is being shortchanged, Eric Oluwole equally vents that “an indigene of Rivers State can’t signify the folks of Ondo State”, then he offers an ultimatum of 48hours for a reversal of the nomination.

Ordinarily, any studying viewers would shore up the claims and advocacy of Mr. Emmanuel and Oluwole collectively & respectively, however not when armed with superior information in regards to the persona of Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe. Sure, Opunimi Akinkugbe is a Rivers State-born daughter of Late F. I. Ajumogobia (Former Chief of Missions at UNESCO) who met died within the ADC flight 086 crash, en route Lagos from Port Harcourt on the seventh November 1996. She lived in Lagos State (the political energy metropolis of the West).

The bane of the argument and request for the withdrawal by the stated Chairman Ondo State Youth Coalition/Youth Development Initiative, and President of Yoruba Afenifere Youth Organisation, which I vehemently disagree with, are that ‘she is just not an indigene of Ondo State’. I disagree with them, as that could be a pellucid fallacy. Apparently, Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe has spent a better a part of her life within the south-west of Nigeria than Rivers State, and she or he is married to an Ondo State indigene “Mr. Yinka Akinkugbe”, for which their marriage is blessed with three kids.

Allow me to additionally placed on document that the Home of Representatives had handed a invoice enabling married Nigerian ladies to decide on their State of Origin. The ‘invoice for an Act to amend for Federal Character Fee (Institution, and so forth) Act 2010, Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria Cap. F7’, offers that: “A married lady shall have the choice to put declare to her State or Native Authorities of origin for the aim of implementation of the Federal Character formulae on the Nationwide Degree, or State because the case could also be.” This offers ladies the choices of selecting the indigeneship of both their father or Husband. Earlier than this, married ladies have been thought-about strictly as indigenes of their husband’s State.

Suffice to additionally enthuse that the idea of “indigeneity” is perpetuated within the 1999 structure. This method categorises all Nigerians as both indigenes or Non-indigenes (additionally labelled ‘settlers’). The mechanism was to make sure ethnic parity in employment, schooling, and appointments such because the circumstance beneath evaluation.

The Federal character precept is an institutional innovation that’s implored to make sure that Authorities displays the nation’s range and equitably distribute sources and Companies to the respective federating models. Additionally, part 42 (1) and (2) of the 1999 structure ensures freedom from discrimination. Particularly, (2) reads: “No citizen of Nigeria shall be subjected to any incapacity or deprivation merely by purpose of the circumstances of start… ” Due to this fact, it might not be mistaken to posit that the duo of Emmanuel and Oluwole are both being dangerously naive or politically taking part in the script of a person, it a gaggle of disgruntled benefactors.

Worthy of observe, Senator Patrick Akinyelure of Ondo State in the identical report, affirms that nothing was mistaken with the appointment of Mrs. Akinkugbe so long as the governor helps it. He additional cited that: “Mrs. Akinkugbe is duly married to an Ondo State son and had given start to Ondo kids” and so, legally she will declare her husband’s state.

Distinctly, it’s expedient we imbibe and transcend from the primordial predilection of utmost ethnic chauvinism to a extra globally viable strategy to governance and its associative job, by placing effectivity and {qualifications} topmost earlier than tribe. That is the modus vivendi that’s aiding fast financial and infrastructural development in saner climes. Ethnic bigotry is a devious scheme and a primitive clannishness plaguing our society at this time. If we’re resolute to satisfy the tempo & dynamics of modernism within the developed societies, then we will need to have a break-up with our previous and seek for newer types of driving governance.

Because of this, I frequently applaud the political ideology of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who locations a premium on discovering and bringing on board, individuals endowed with esteemed intellectuality and confirmed competence in enterprise administration and governance than the native priority of placing ethnicity first. Unarguably, his transformational blueprint and legendary imaginative and prescient in Lagos State resonates.

To say the least, Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe is eminently certified and geographically compliant to earn the ambassadorial nomination for Ondo State. Mrs. Akinkugbe is a famend columnist, with 23years of expertise within the banking sector, having labored at Stanbic IBTC, Barclays Financial institution and Commonplace Chartered Financial institution the place she is at the moment a non-Govt Director. She is the founder and CEO of Bestman Video games Ltd. In December 2012, her firm launched the Metropolis of Lagos version of Monopoly Video games, making Lagos State the primary metropolis in Africa to have its version of the Habros’ World-famous board recreation. She attended the London Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences and IESE Enterprise Faculty the place she bagged an MBA.

The claims by Ademario Emmanuel (Chairman Ondo Youth Coalition & Nationwide President Development initiative), and Eric Oluwole (President Yoruba Afenifere Youth Organisation), that are completely hinged on autochthonous ideology, is characterised with variables equal to zero! It’s watery, lacks benefit, and easily a useless controversy. Such sponsored blackmail by no means earns the perpetrators any good.

I commend the Ondo State Authorities and Mr. President for the selection of such an asset like Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe, to serve Nigeria in such an honourable and tasking duty. We belief in her excessive profile antecedence, to serve Nigerians satisfactorily, and spark a extra formidable relationship between Nigeria and whichever nation she can be designated.

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