President Muhammadu Buhari has commended President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, on his clear bill of health in respect of all allegations against him by an anonymous group.
He said that the clearance was further validation of his competence and integrity to lead the continental institution.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media on Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President congratulated AfDB Board of Directors, the Ethics Committee and members of staff on 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.
He said the President also commended the 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.
Adesina said President 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.
He urged Dr Adesina 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.