BUHARI: Why I Backed Adesina At African Development Bank (AfDB) Election––President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received an audience at State House, Abuja, the newly re-elected President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, telling him: “I congratulate you on your second and final term in office”
Mr Adesina had overcome stiff opposition in August to win an unprecedented 100% votes from the regionals and non-regionals that make up the bank, and was inaugurated for a second term of five years as AfDB president on September 1.
“I have told so many people why I backed you,” President Buhari said.
“In 2015, at your first term, you were a Minister with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government, and I was of the All Progressives Congress (APC). But you are a good Nigerian. So I recommended you the first time. You proved to be competent, you made us proud, and I recommended you the second time.”
“There can’t be sustainable development without infrastructure. Our efforts should be seen in the context of lack of resources, but you do your best to support us. I wish you all the best in your final term,” President Buhari said.
The AfDB president thanked the Nigerian president and people for their support, saying he was proud to be a citizen of the country.
According to Adesina, Nigeria gave him air, “when I badly needed it in my lungs,” and thus he pledged to always support the country in his private capacity, and as AfDB President.”