[PHOTOS] Nigerian-Born President Of AfDB Adesina Meets Buhari Amid U.S Call For His Probe
Jun. 02, 2020
Akinwunmi Adesina, the President of the Africa Development Bank (AFDB) on Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
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The meeting which lasted about 45 minutes comes amid the allegations of impropriety levelled against Adesina at the Abidjan-based financial institution.
Some whistleblowers in the organisation had written a petition against him but the bank’s ethics committee cleared him after investigating the issues.
However, the United States Department of Treasury dismissed the outcome of the probe, calling for an independent investigation of the allegations.
This had irked some African leaders, including former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, who accused the US of undue interference.
Adesina has nonetheless, continued to deny all allegations and maintained that he was innocent.
“I maintain my innocence with regard to trumped-up allegations that unjustly seek to impugn my honour and integrity, as well as the reputation of the African Development Bank,” Adesina said recently while responding to the accusations.
AfDB, a regional multilateral institution, is owned by African countries but the US is a major investor.
Nigerian and other African leaders have been rallying round Adesina, who is about to complete his five-year-tenure but has indicated interest in another term which election will be held in August.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed in a letter urged the board of the AfDB to ignore calls for an independent investigation of Mr Adesina.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and the Chief of Staff to the President Ibrahim Gambari.
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