You have made us proud, Kogi govt reacts to Funmi Olorunnipa’s appointment by Joe Biden

You have made us proud, Kogi govt reacts to Funmi Olorunnipa’s appointment by Joe Biden

- Kogi state government has hailed the appointment of Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo by the US president-elect, Joe Biden

- Olorunnipa would be serving as an associate counsel to Biden after his inauguration on Wednesday, January 20

- The Kogi government noted that Olorunnipa has shown the world that Nigerians are endowed with great assets and potentials

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Following the appointment of Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo as associate counsel by the US president-elect, Joe Biden, the Kogi state government has reacted. reports that the state government described Olorunnipa's appointment as good news to the government of Nigeria, especially the people of Kogi state.

This was contained in a statement issued by Medina Anako, the special adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on intergovernmental affairs and Kogi state Diaspora Focal Point Officer (DFPO) on Friday, January 15.

You have made us proud, Kogi govt reacts to Funmi Olorunnipa’s appointment by Joe Biden
The US president-elect, Joe Biden has appointed Nigeria-born American, Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo as associate counsel. Credit: @BerkeleyLawCDO, Zola.
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The Kogi state government affirmed that Olorunnipa’s appointment has brought more glory to the state and country at large.

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Anako said:

“We are delighted that our Kogi citizens in the Diaspora are making us proud. Your appointment is a testimony that Kogi people are exceptional. You’re a rare asset, worthy of this advancement and many more in the years ahead.
“We believe you will be bringing with you your wealth of knowledge and experience for a better and our dream Kogi. The people of Kogi state are proud of a noteworthy achievement like this.
“As you spread your wings and soar to the next chapter of your career, you become a glowing example to Kogi state youths.”

Meanwhile, had previously reported that weeks after naming Nigeria's Adewale Adeyemo as the deputy treasury secretary, the US president-elect Joe Biden appointed Nigerian-born Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo as one of his legal advisers at the White House.

It was reported that Olorunnipa Badejo was appointed as the associate counsel as the former US vice president on Tuesday, January 12, named more than 20 lawyers to his White House counsel’s office.

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People of colour also announced in Biden's White House legal team include Samiyyah Ali who was appointed deputy associate counsel, Tona Boyd as special counsel and Megan Ceronsky as associate counsel.

Funmi, who married another Nigerian Tunde Badejo, is from Kogi state, and she is an alumnus of Berkeley Law College in the United States.

A daughter of an immigrant who chooses to identify herself with Florida, Funmi was the general counsel of the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis.

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