Buhari celebrates as Independent probe panel exonerates AfDB President Adesina

File Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari received AfDB President, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina at the State House Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday warmly rejoiced with President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwunmi Adesina, on the clean slate of health of all allegations against him by an anonymous group.

Buhari described the clearance as further validation of Adesina’s competence and integrity to lead the continental financial institution.

Nigerian President congratulated 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 the Report of Ethics Committee of AfDB, and Dr Adesina’s response.”

President Buhari and Adesina

He 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.”

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

The President, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, urged AfDB President “to remain steadfast, dedicated and resolute in pursuing his noble goals for the institution, especially with the now expected second term in office, assuring him of the prayers and support of Nigerians.”

By Idowu Sowunmi