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Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by sojiboy(m): 7:37pm On Feb 08
Fayemi: Celebrating a soldier of peace at 56

By Yinka Oyebode

In one of his most recent interviews with a national daily, Governor Kayode Fayemi was asked to state for the record, who between former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo brought him into partisan politics. The intention of the reporter was two-fold: First, to further the debate on the topic, which had been generating interest on social media for about a month. Second, to get a fresh angle to the story, exclusively for his newspaper. The question was neatly wrapped as a follow up question and should naturally provide him the opportunity to go full blast- to give credit to one above the other.

But Governor Fayemi calmly threw the question back at the reporter: “What does it matter who brought me into partisan politics?” adding, “The point is that I am in partisan politics. I benefitted from the tutelage of both elders that you mentioned.” He stated further that he had the privilege of working with both leaders and other leaders at different times and levels on development projects, emphasising, however, that both have been quite supportive of his rise to political prominence. “And I owe them a lot for bringing me into the partisan political space,” he said.

That composed answer did a lot to calm down the reporter who realised that a screaming headline he had envisaged was no longer possible.

That is quintessential Kayode Fayemi, a man who holds a doctorate in War Studies but believes in the biblical injunction of doing everything possible to live peaceably with all men, as contained in the Book of Romans. A leader who believes that public office is not a popularity contest but an avenue to impact positively on the lives of the people. He believes that no development can be achieved in a rancorous environment. Thus, his actions and policies are targeted at ensuring development that is sustainable with emphasis on peace building as a vital ingredient.

Regarded as an emissary of peace, JKF, as he is fondly called, demonstrated his statesmanship and penchant for peace and social justice when he accepted the outcome of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State in 2014, where he lost his re-election bid in a controversial manner.

That was the very first time a sitting governor would readily concede an electoral defeat and bow out gloriously. It was a sacrifice he had to make to avert a major crisis that could have arisen as a result of the highly compromised electoral result. He was emphatic in his appeal for calm, stressing that his ambition was not worth the life of a single Ekiti person.

His reputation as a lover and promoter of peace has been on the rise since then, making him the number one choice for conflict resolution with outstanding results.

The need to make peace a precursor to development made him initiate policies that addressed some inequalities and lop-sidedness in the mining sector during his stint as Minister of Mines and Steel Development between 2015 and 2018. Key among these was the win-win approach he engineered to address the contentious issue of land ownership. Through the right mix of policy, advocacy and consultation with the people, the exclusive right of the Federal Government on minerals and mining was retained, but a creative way was found for the States to be able to benefit from the resources in their domain, while the host communities also get their deserved compensation.

As the Governor of Ekiti State, Fayemi’s annual town hall meetings across the 16 local governments to get the people’s contributions to the yearly budget has been hailed as a model that has enhanced peace, progress and prosperity within the state. This is even as the creation of new local Council Development Areas as well as granting of autonomy to some communities are seen as strategic peace initiatives aimed at fostering good neighbourliness. His ability to bring together adherents of different faiths and people of diverse ethnic groupings in the state has also earned Ekiti State the reputation as one of the most peaceful states to live and do business. Under his watch as Governor, the vulnerable in the state are protected through legislations such as the Child Right law, Gender Based Violence law among others.
Governor Fayemi has also extended this peaceful approach to knotty issues to other sister states, where he has deployed his peace building skills to stem hostility. The recent intervention in the Herders versus Ondo State Government issue, his intervention in the alleged demolition of a mosque which was becoming a major crisis in Rivers State in 2019, and several others only point at his avowed belief that it is always better to jaw- jaw than to war -war.

Regarded as a consummate intellectual in government, Fayemi’s strength lies in his ability to initiate and pursue peace processes to logical conclusion and finding creative ways to ensure every peaceful step taken is trailed by sustainable development. Among his first meetings as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), where he wears the toga of a trusted mediator, was with top officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to consider ways to strengthen transparency and accountability in the oil sector and address the dwindling trend in federation revenues.

As noted by NGF Director General, A.B Okauru, Governor Fayemi followed up this with meetings with the Joint Tax Board and the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Customs, Federal Road Safety Corps and other agencies to raise a common front to solve the revenue crisis in the country. With Fayemi at the helm of affairs at NGF, the forum became a “problem solving group”, what with several interventions that have helped to crack many knotty issues of socio-economic and political significance.

And like Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, said: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” For Fayemi, going where there seems to be no path is a familiar pastime. And leaving a trail- an impact, a legacy comes to him naturally.

He combines integrity, creativity and sincerity with passion for excellence and development. JKF stated this much in one of his books: “Reclaiming The Trust”. He admits that what he has brought into governance is the kind of trust that is based on and compels competence, openness, concern and reliability. “Trust is a public good; we cannot do great things collectively without trust. But trust has to be earned” he stresses.

As JKF turns 56 today, the question is no longer about what he is capable of doing as a leader and peace maker. For he has been able to demonstrate his capability as an imaginative, innovative and diplomatic leader. Rather, the question will be about what he would not do as a leader as many believe that his past has adequately prepared him for the present and the future.

Born on February 9, 1965, John Kayode Fayemi received his first degree in History and Politics from the University of Lagos in 1985, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), in 1987 and a doctorate in War Studies from the King’s College, University of London, UK in 1993.

He was inaugurated as Governor of Ekiti State on October 16, 2010. He was named Minister of Mines and Steel Development in 2015. During his tenure as Minister, he also chaired the governing board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). He resigned from his ministerial position in 2018 to contest the governorship of Ekiti State. He won and was inaugurated as governor for the second term on October 16, 2018. His colleagues unanimously elected him Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in May 2019.

Today, it is 56 hearty cheers to this reliable mediator, soldier of peace and a change agent as he takes the fifty-sixth step in the quest for a more peaceful and developed society.

• Oyebode is Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ekiti State.
yinkaoyebode@gmail.com
http://www.thepointng.com/fayemi-celebrating-a-soldier-of-peace-at-56/

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Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Nobody: 9:59pm On Feb 08
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Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Davicjoe(m): 5:16am On Feb 09
A true soldier of peace. He got my respect in 2021 web he conceded defeat to fayose in a scammed election. It is imperative to know that Jonathan is not d first person in Nigerian to concede defeat after an election.
I hope APC will concede defeat in 2023 presidential election.

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Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by janedonez(m): 5:17am On Feb 09
Good, congratulations to him.
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by daewoorazer(m): 5:19am On Feb 09
Nigerians and their staunch support for their oppressors (Stockholm synd)

How much did he pay you to write this garbage? I hope you know your kids and grandkids will meet nothing but deficit and repayment of debts by these crop of polithiefians(APC&PDP).

They’ll be ashamed when they get to read the exclusive garbage their sycophantic father wrote for crumbs.

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Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Seyi8750: 5:20am On Feb 09
Congrat

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Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by chibike69: 5:21am On Feb 09
cool
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Alejobs: 5:23am On Feb 09
Happy Birthday Sir.Get a rechargeable lithium battery for your fan, Tv, Laptop and light points....better soup na money kill am....you dont have to sleep on the corridor because of heat! Nobody loves the noise and disappointment of the generator, not even your neighbours, dont get tagged a yahoo boi simply because you run you gen 24/7. Lets deal
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by aamish88: 5:25am On Feb 09
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by 15ssDRIVE: 5:26am On Feb 09
If you can’t accept the fact that you have a boss.... no one will also accept you as the boss.



Jagaban: Brand Aye

Otunba N£¥O, Too much respect for you sir ...
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by baggioni: 5:34am On Feb 09
grin
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by EdidemLord(m): 5:51am On Feb 09
Feyemi needs more balls...
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by rawtouch: 5:51am On Feb 09
angry
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by BruncleZuma: 5:53am On Feb 09
grin grin grin grin

Only for Naija is an elected officials birthday significant news...meanwhile IMF wants us to devalue our Naira.
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Dijita: 5:55am On Feb 09
Given that this accolade was written by a subordinate to a serving governor. I would have love to read more about how his initiatives help the economic well being of the people of the state. How much did he met in the treasury of his state? how much did he left? what did he do to reduce the unemployment situation of the youth in his state? what is the state of the education, health and industry in his state?
Please this is not to undermine his achievement. He is a governor not the DG or minister of interior or minister of states(foreign affairs)

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Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Asabe4(f): 5:56am On Feb 09
I think he is quite "decent"
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:04am On Feb 09
But Governor Fayemi calmly threw the question back at the reporter: “What does it matter who brought me into partisan politics?” adding, “The point is that I am in partisan politics. I benefitted from the tutelage of both elders that you mentioned.” He stated further that he had the privilege of working with both leaders and other leaders at different times and levels on development projects, emphasising, however, that both have been quite supportive of his rise to political prominence. “And I owe them a lot for bringing me into the partisan political space,” he said.
Many of the sane politicians in Nigeria always give absolute respect to Tinubu, more than any other living politicians.
They always give honour to whom honour is due.

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Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by DollarBuddy: 6:15am On Feb 09
Davicjoe:
A true soldier of peace. He got my respect in 2021 web he conceded defeat to fayose in a scammed election. It is imperative to know that Jonathan is not d first person in Nigerian to concede defeat after an election.
I hope APC will concede defeat in 2023 presidential election.

Your last sentence is never possible... APC has "promised" to rule Nigeria for the next 100 years bro.
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Boyooosa(m): 6:23am On Feb 09
Interesting...
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Surfboard(m): 6:57am On Feb 09
Lori iro
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by adesegun121(m): 7:03am On Feb 09
Ok
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by TANID(m): 7:06am On Feb 09
Very Good Of Him
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by four44: 7:21am On Feb 09
Abegii!!! Somebody that fulanis herdsmen de deal with his people in his state that he govern and do nothing, all because he most certified herdsman in Abuja
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by efighter: 7:32am On Feb 09
Traitors die miserably
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by efighter: 7:33am On Feb 09
MANNABBQGRILLS:

Many of the sane politicians in Nigeria always give absolute respect to Tinubu, more than any other living politicians.
They always give honour to whom honour is due.

Those who don’t become retired politicians in a short period. Fayemi is next
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by zeusdgrt(m): 7:53am On Feb 09
We hear
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by pharmagba: 8:24am On Feb 09
sojiboy:
Fayemi: Celebrating a soldier of peace at 56


http://www.thepointng.com/fayemi-celebrating-a-soldier-of-peace-at-56/

Absolute thrash!

I sure even the writer knows that this cannot fly
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by GEEBITE: 8:45am On Feb 09
Doctored age. Nobody in his own generation graduates from university at age 20 then.
sojiboy:
Fayemi: Celebrating a soldier of peace at 56


http://www.thepointng.com/fayemi-celebrating-a-soldier-of-peace-at-56/
Re: Fayemi: Celebrating A Soldier Of Peace At 56 - Yinka Oyebode by Integrafamoo: 9:19am On Feb 09
pharmagba:


Absolute thrash!

I sure even the writer knows that this cannot fly
A governor that is totally disconnected from his people. He is just an audio governor.

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