President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwunmi Adesina, after an investigative panel cleared him of alleged ethical wrongdoings.
An independent review panel led by Mary Robinson, a former President of the Republic of Ireland was set up by the Bureau of Governors of the Bank following a complaint by the United States.
However, in its report, the panel dismissed all 16 whistleblower allegations of corruption against the AfDB President for being unsubstantiated and lacking support of any solid evidence to back them up.
President Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, 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.
“The President commends 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.
“President Buhari believes 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 the impetus for more diligence in handling responsibilities while fuelling the zeal to deliver on the promises of a greater Africa,” the statement read.
According to Buhari, this further validates Adesina’s competence and integrity to lead the AfDB.
The President urged him 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”
Adesina will seek re-election during the bank’s next annual meetings at its headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.