Dr. Kayode Fayemi is the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development in the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (2015 – 2018). He led the administration’s efforts in repositioning the Nigerian Mining sector to contribute optimally to the priority agendas of diversifying the country’s revenue base and creating jobs and economic opportunities for Nigerians. During his tenure as Minister, he concurrently served as Chairman of the governing board of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). He was also the Governor of Ekiti State in Southwest Nigeria (2010 – 2014).
Dr. Fayemi holds degrees in History and International Relations from the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University respectively, a Doctorate in War Studies from King’s College, University of London and is a Fellow of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan. His research and policy development interests include: Natural Resource Governance, Democratisation, Constitutionalism, Security Sector Governance, Civil-Military Relations and Regionalism in the Global Context. Amongst other academic and public policy engagements at home and abroad, Dr. Fayemi has lectured in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. He has also served as adviser on Transitional Justice, Regional Integration, Constitutionalism, Security Sector Reforms and Civil-Military Relations to various governments, multilateral institutions and development agencies.
Dr. Fayemi was the founding director of the Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD), a research and training institute dedicated to the study and promotion of democratisation, peace-building and human security in Africa. As a central figure in the coalition of civil society actors that resisted oppressive military rule in Nigeria in the early 1990s, he was central to the founding and running of opposition radio stations while in exile. His role in the struggle to restore democratic governance in Nigeria is documented in his book Out of the Shadows: Exile and the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy in Nigeria (CDD, 2005). His other publications include: Mercenaries: The African Security Dilemma, co-edited with Abdel-Fatau Musah (Pluto Press, 2000); Deepening the Culture of Constitutionalism: The Role of Regional Institutions in Constitutional Development in Africa (CDD, 2003); and Security Sector Governance in Africa: A Handbook (co-edited with Nicole Ball, CDD, 2004); Reclaiming the Trust (Amandla, 2012); Regaining the Legacy (Amandla, 2013); and Legacy of Honour and Service (Amandla, 2014).
Dr. Fayemi is a prominent member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) and chaired the party’s National Convention Planning Committee that produced the Presidential Candidate for the 2015 general election and now President. He also served as the Director, Policy Research and Strategy of the APC Presidential Campaign Council. He is currently the Governor of Ekiti State.
He is married to Erelu Bisi Fayemi, the renowned women’s and children’s rights advocate, international development specialist, writer and social entrepreneur. He has received several awards and recognitions at home and abroad, and holds the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).
There is no doubt that Ekiti is in need of urgent rescue, and the democratic ritual of an upcoming election cycle presents us with the opportunity to purge ourselves of the ignominy that has come to define us in recent years, and get on with the urgent task of Reclaiming our Land; and Restoring our Values. This is not about a personal ambition, I represent a progressive collective at the heart of the Ekiti struggle, who have been collectively buffeted by the many slanderous defamations and calumny of the interlopers. We however remain unbroken, and are energised to take on the task ahead of us.
By God’s grace I am a global citizen and a nationalist to the core, but I am first an Ekiti Man. My sense of kinship with the good people of my state remains unyielding and no matter how far I have travelled, those bonds have only grown stronger. My convictions about how much more is possible in Ekiti stem not from any sense of entitlement but from a sense of service, of obligation and from my belief that posterity has positioned us for such a time as this. I think of my beloved state with a profound sense of unfinished business. There is much that we have to repair and redress in Ekiti before we can go forward.
I have therefore consulted widely, and now believe that the time has come to seize the day. The people of Ekiti are on the march to Reclaim our Land and Restore our Values, and I am responding affirmatively to their call to lead them again on this path of honour. I hereby declare my intention to run for Governor of Ekiti State in the July, 14, 2018 election, starting with seeking the candidature of my party at the primaries next month. I count on your support and solidarity as always.