President Muhammadu Buhari has declared his support for his countryman, Akinwunmi Adesina as he seeks re-election as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The President of Nigeria, Buhari, in a tweet says; “Nigeria stands solidly behind Akinwunmi Adesina in his re-election bid as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). We will work with all leaders, and stakeholders in AfDB, to ensure that he re-elected, on the strength of his achievements during his first term.”
Akinwunmi Adesina responds in appreciation. He tweets, “Thank you very much Your Excellency, President Buhari for your unflinching support. I am delighted, humbled and greatly encouraged that the nation, under your leadership, stands solidly with me. I am extremely grateful sir.”
Recall, that Akinwunmi Adesina was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2010, under the administration of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan tenure; prior to that he was vice-president for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
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Adesina, who is the first Nigerian to assume the office of the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), was elected into that position in 2015.
He is the 8th president of African Development Bank (AfDB). He is preceded by Rwandan economist, Donald Kaberuka who served his tenure from September 2005 to September 2015.
Akinwunmi Adesina is a native of Ibadan in Oyo State, Nigeria; he graduated with Bachelors in Agriculture Economics with First Class from the University of Ife in 1981, where he was the first student to be awarded this distinction by the university. He obtained his PhD in Agricultural Economics in 1988 from Purdue University, Indiana, where he won the Outstanding PhD Thesis for his research work.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) was founded in 1964 with the mission to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a financial provider to African governments and private companies investing in the regional members countries (RMC). Its headquarters is in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, with 81 countries as members.