Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB)

Buhari commends Akinwumi Adesina, urges AfDB President to remain steadfast

*Adesina’s exoneration is further validation of his competence, integrity to lead the lending institution

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to his exoneration from allegations of corruption and favouritism by a probe review panel, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, in a statement said the AfDB President’s exoneration is further validation of his competence and integrity to lead the lending institution.

The Nigerian President urged him to remain steadfast as he continues to lead the institution.

President Buhari and Dr. Adesina during a recent visit to the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, FCT.   File Photo: Channels TV 

Besides Dr. Adesina, Buhari as well commended the 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 the report of independent experts.

He also commended the eminent personalities consisting of Mary Robinson, Justice Hassan B. Jallow, and Leonard F. McCarthy, who handled the review of the report of the Ethics Committee, and their professionalism in rejecting support services, and providing a unanimous report.

An independent review panel of three experts, headed by former Irish President Mary Robinson, had reviewed the Report of Ethics Committee of AfDB and Dr Adesina’s response, and completely cleared Adesina Monday, July 27, 2020, of all charges levelled against him by an anonymous group.

The conclusion of the review should finally draw a curtain over the allegations that created distractions for the entire institution for a period, and serve as an impetus for more diligence in handling responsibilities while fuelling the zeal to deliver on the promises of a greater Africa, said Buhari.

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