President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to declare support amidst ‘trumped up’ allegations from the US.
Adesina has been at the centre of allegations of impropriety at the Abidjan-based financial institution which have been a subject of inquiry by the bank’s ethics committee.
The embattled AfDB president has consistently maintained innocence. In statement last month, he described the allegations against him as “trumped up”.
The committee cleared the AfDB President but the United States Department of Treasury dismissed the outcome, calling for an independent investigation of the allegations against Adesina.
In the meeting, President Buhari declared his support for Adesina, telling him that he believes in him and his vision for the continent.
He told the AFDB President that he has been an exemplary ambassador of the continent and the country.
The President also praised the High 5’s of the bank and was happy with what the bank had achieved with the African investment forum.
AfDB, a regional multilateral institution, is owned mostly by African countries but the US is the second largest shareholder after Nigeria.
Nigerian and other African leaders have been rallying support for Adesina who is completing his five-year-tenure but is in the running for another term.