The President, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President of African Development Bank, AfDB, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, on his return for a second term in office.
According to a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, it indicated that the news of the victory came during the National Council of State meeting.
The meeting was attended attended by former Heads of state, Senate President, former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Governors, Ministers, and senior government officials.
The statement read partly, “As Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, announced the good news, President Buhari led a round of applause, and declared: “He deserves it and Nigeria and Africa are honoured by the victory which is a testimony to his hard work and commit to the development of the continent.”
The President expressed appreciation to the African Union for endorsing the AfDB President much earlier, and to shareholders of the bank and the international community as a whole who worked tirelessly to ensure his return.
While extolling Adesina’s versatility, experience at both national and international engagements, Buhari said these would be further deployed to energise the pan-African financial institution.
He urged 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 Dr. 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,” Adesina said.
Buhari pledged full support of his government to ensure a successful tenure for the AfDB leadership and prayed that Almighty God would continue to strengthen Adesina and his team for the greater good to the African continent.