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RECOGNITION and honour have come the way of a Nigerian lawyer based in the United States, Mr. Kayode Oladele, who has been named honorary co-chairman of the country's ruling Republican Party's Business Advisory Council.
Oladele, who is a lawyer based in Detroit, Michigan, is the lead counsel in the human rights violation civil case brought against some past leaders by Chief Anthony Enahoro, Hafsat Abiola and Dr. Arthur Nwankwo in a U.S. court.
He was named to the council last week for what the Republican Party called his support for "Republican ideals, particularly debt reduction and tax reform." The Chief Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Tom DeLay, signed the award certificate.
The press statement accompanying the award reads: "Officials of the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that Mr. Kayode Oladele has been appointed to serve on the Business Advisory Council in recognition of his valuable contributions to the Republican Party.
"Mr. Oladele will serve the state of Michigan and is expected to play a crucial role in the Party's efforts to involve top business people in the process of government reform.
"The Business Advisory Council is part of the National Republican Congressional Committee and is dedicated to making sure that small business has a voice in Washington.
"Mr. Oladele, who has long supported Republican ideals, particularly debt reduction and tax reform, will be a key member of the Council."
Commenting on the award, another Nigerian lawyer based in the U.S., Mr. Austin Agomuoh, said: "In the long run, the activities of Africans in the policy-making process of this country are finally being recognised."
Agomuoh, who is also Oladele's partner, added that it is pleasing to have "our friend, brother and colleague to be one of the very few individuals in this country to be given such a prestigious honour."
Another Nigerian based in the U.S., a university teacher, Dr. Koffi Egbo, said "the appointment is just another example of the recognition of Africans by their hosts."
But Egbo lamented that "many Africans, such as Mr. Oladele and many others, are often rebuffed by their own African home countries."
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