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THE OSIBAJO CONNECTION… FROM KAYODE PITAN, ALEX OKOH TO OKEY ENELAMAH… HOW REDEEMED PASTORS ARE GETTING PLUM JOBS IN GOVERNMENT

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THE OSIBAJO CONNECTION… FROM KAYODE PITAN, ALEX OKOH TO OKEY ENELAMAH… HOW REDEEMED PASTORS ARE GETTING PLUM JOBS IN GOVERNMENT

THE OSIBAJO CONNECTION… FROM KAYODE PITAN, ALEX OKOH TO OKEY ENELAMAH… HOW REDEEMED PASTORS ARE GETTING PLUM JOBS IN GOVERNMENT
May 29
15:53 2017

Last week, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, the acting president, approved some appointments including, notably, that of Kayode Pitan as Managing Director, Bank of Industry. Without prejudice to his qualification and suitability for the job with corporate and banking experience spanning over 25years, Pitan was the pioneer pastor of Olive Tree Parish in Banana Island, Ikoyi, between November 1996 and October 2010, when he was promoted assistant pastor and transferred to Tabernacle of David, Ajah, Lagos.

This is the crux of the matter. Pitan handed over to Osibajo as pastor at the Olive Tree Parish which prides itself as ‘a place where professionals, entrepreneurs and politicians are transformed and empowered to take their place in the nation and in the world and one where purpose is discovered, vision is received and destiny fulfilled.’ Last April, Alex Okoh, a former Managing Director/CEO of NNB International Bank Plc and Managing Partner of Ashford & McGuire Consulting Ltd, a wholly indigenous consulting firm, was appointed Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

Incidentally, Okoh took over as pastor of the same church from Osibajo. When life happened and Osibajo was elected Vice President, he handed over to Okechukwu Enelamah, a medical doctor and current Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. Enelamah was the only candidate nominated by Osibajo as Minister in 2015. It is now crystal clear that attending the influential Redeemed Church parish is a sure-fire ticket to getting a federal government appointment. Or, does Acting President Osibajo think otherwise?

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  1. Jeleel Abas
    Jeleel Abas May 30, 09:36

    Professor Osinbajo has suggested the people he knows very well to handle the positions. You can give out positions based on political affiliations or by the expertise of the people . Our nation has been destroyed because people are appointed without any recourse to character. They appoint people based on the cults they belong to, the clubs and political parties. The Olive Tree Parish of RCCG is not only a place of worship, but a place to build leaders of industries and the nation, leaders with integrity. That is stated clearly in the vision of that Parish as has been quoted by this writer. We’ve heard enough of crooks leading different segments of our nation. Nearly all the Northerners in government are Alhajis. What is wrong in the VP nominating or appointing a pastor as leaders in areas where they are experts? Kayode Pitan was once an MD of a bank, even before he became pastor at Olive Tree, and it wasn’t Osinbajo that appointed him.
    Leave Oshinbajo alone. He wil not appoint cult members to handle any aspect of governance. He was nominated as VP to represent the Christians in government and strategically to win Christian votes. Buhari won the election because of the massive Christian votes, particularly, in Lagos and Ogun States – bcos of RCCG connection. So, what is wrong if three technocrats are appointed from the church to handle some areas?
    Leave Oshinbajo alone. If you get there, you will use your own connections too.

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    • Just me
      Just me May 31, 07:26

      Thank you very much for your perspective on the issue. I was going to add my contribution to the matter, but I think you have handled it very brilliantly. This online newspaper is just being mischievous.

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  2. Tajudeen
    Tajudeen May 30, 18:49

    Where are the CANs of this planet? If it were to be President MB, the CAN would have torn Nigeria apart from their insinuating comments and remarks shouting of North/Hausa/Fulani and/or Islam/Muslims. No qualms, I wish the selected men success while praying they perform very well to move the country forward

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  3. Fire
    Fire May 31, 19:22

    What in the world is wrong with putting the right people in the right position. When will people of this nation grow up? Am shocked the way we reason .

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  4. Ali Wakili
    Ali Wakili June 02, 09:12

    I think these actions of the acting president don’t tally with the president’s vision.Osinbajo should watch his actions carefully, if he believes in Nigeria and its complexity.
    This country is so complicated politically and any leadership that is ignorant of that will have himself to blame.
    He should have studied the spread of his principal’s appointments.
    Tribal or religious influence in appointments is not fashionable now in Nigeria.l hope he is listenning.

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