AfDB: ‘Nigeria behind Adesina’ – Buhari hails clearance by independent panel

July 28, 2020
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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, on the clearing of all allegations against him.

Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this was further validation of his competence and integrity to lead the institution.

The president assured Adesina, former Minister for Agriculture, of the prayers and support of Nigerians.

Buhari hailed AfDB Board of Directors, the Ethics Committee and members of staff for their courage, maturity and patience in following through the process of investigations, and acceptance of Report of Panel of High-Level Independent Experts, which reviewed Adesina’s response.

He commended the independent panel, consisting of Mary Robinson, Justice Hassan B. Jallow and Leonard F. McCarthy, for their professionalism in rejecting support services, and providing a unanimous report.

The Nigerian leader expressed confidence that the conclusion of the review would draw a curtain on the allegations and serve as impetus for more diligence in handling responsibilities.

Buhari urged Adesina to remain steadfast, dedicated and resolute in pursuing his noble goals for the institution, especially with the now expected second term in office.

Buhari urged Adesina to remain steadfast, dedicated and resolute in pursuing his noble goals for the institution, especially with the now expected second term in office.

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