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US: Biden Appoints Nigerian As White House Counsel
The United States President-elect Joe Biden has appointed another Nigerian, Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo. into his cabinet.
Naija News reports that Biden and his vice, Kamala Harris will be sworn-in on January 20 for their first term in office.
The US President-elect announced the appointment of Badejo, a lawyer and an alumna of Berkeley Law College in the US, when he named additional 20 members of the office of the White House counsel.
Badejo was general counsel of the house select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis which was chaired by James Clyburn, house majority whip.
A statement on Biden-Harris transition website reads: “Her prior government service includes serving as Counsel for policy to the Assistant Attorney-General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Ethics Counsel at the White House Counsel’s Office and Attorney Advisor at the Administrative Conference of the United States during the Obama-Biden administration.
“Olorunnipa Badejo began her legal career as an associate with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and was Legal Counsel at Palantir Technologies Inc. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Florida. Originally from Florida, Olorunnipa Badejo lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and son.”
The office of White House counsel advises the president, the executive office of the president, and the White House staff on legal issues pertaining to the president and the White House.
Recall that Biden had in December 2020, appointed Osaremen Okolo, a Nigerian-American, as a member of his COVID-19 response team.
He also appointed Nigerian-born Adewale Adeyemo as deputy secretary of the treasury department.