President Buhari, others congratulate AfDB president Adesina
President Mohammadu Buhari, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Nigeria’s nominee for the top World Trade Centre, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala have congratulated the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akin Adesina on his re-election for a second term in office.
“I am elated to convey the joy and pride of the entire National Assembly over the electoral acclamation for integrity, grace, substance and hard work.
“Your re-election should be an impetus for taking the continental financial institution to a greater height, realising that the reward for hard work is more work,” Lawan said in a statement.
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Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement described Adesina as a good ambassador of Nigeria and Africa and said the AfDB President deserved to be re-elected having distinguished himself during his first term in office as the head of the international organisation.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos State, I want to congratulate Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina on your re-election as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Your re-election is well-deserved.
“Having proved yourself as a good administrator and technocrat in different public offices at national and international levels in the last 30 years, I am confident that your re-election will bring more development to the Africa continent as you supervise the affairs of African Development Bank for another five years.”
Okonjo-Iweala, also Nigeria’s former finance minister said in a tweet on Thursday that “Wonderful to get the news of the re-election of @akin_adesina as President of @AfDB_Group. Hearty congratulations to you, my brother, and to Grace! Wishing you five more fruitful years!!.”
A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said President Mohammadu Buhari extends appreciation to the African Union for its endorsement of the AfDB President much earlier, and to shareholders of the bank who worked tirelessly to ensure the return of the visionary leader.
The statement said President Buhari believes Adesina’s versatility, experience at both national and international engagements, will be further deployed to energize the pan-African financial institution, urging him to remain focused and steadfast in pursuing the noble goals of making life better for Africans through various development plans, already captured as High 5s.
The President rejoices with family, friends and professional colleagues of Adesina over the re-election, while commending members of staff and Board of Governors of the AfDB for their consistent support for the former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and his management team.
While pledging full support of his government to ensure a successful tenure for the AfDB leadership, President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen Adesina and his team for greater good to the continent.
Earlier on Thursday, the board of the continental bank had re-elected Akinwumi Adesina for a second five-year term as AfDB president. Adesina, who was running unopposed, gained 100 percent of votes cast, the bank said in a statement.
The bank board conducted the vote to reappoint Adesina during its annual meeting on Thursday, which was held via video link.
His reappointment comes after the bank’s ethics committee and an independent panel investigated whistleblowers’ allegations he had abused his office and cleared him of all wrongdoing in July.