SWITZERLAND, JUNE 02 – President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that Nigeria is solidly behind the re-election of the president of the African Development Bank(AfDB).
The president said this shortly after meeting with the embattled banks boss at the government house, Aso Rock, Abuja on Tuesday.
“Nigeria stands solidly behind Akin Adesina in his re-election bid as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). We will work with all leaders, and stakeholders in AfDB, to ensure that he re-elected, on the strength of his achievements during this first term,” Buhari tweeted Tuesday evening.
“In 2015, when you were to be elected for the first term, I wrote to all African leaders, recommending you for the position. I didn’t say because you were a PDP Minister, and I belonged to the APC, so I would withhold my support.”
Adesina served as the Minister of Agriculture under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). After his inauguration in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC recommended Adesina as the AfDB president.
Regarded as one of the shining examples of sterling African leadership, Adesina is currently battling to retain his position because of a fresh demand for his investigation from the United States of America.
Right after it appeared that Adesina was going to be re-elected unopposed at the next Annual General Meeting(AGM) of the AfDB group, the US Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin wrote to the chairman of the bank’s board of governors, Mrs Kaba Niale, demanding for a fresh ‘independent’ investigation of the president with regards to allegations made against him by some whistleblowers.
There has been support for Adesina across Africa, especially in Nigeria with many people seeing his ordeal as a manifestation of Western influence in Africa.