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African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, Maintains Innocence Despite Calls By US For Probe

Valentine Chinyem

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President of African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has maintained his innocence on allegations of corruption and other forms of misconduct levelled against him.

The United States Department of Treasury had called for an independent investigation on the former Nigerian minister, who served under president Goodluck Jonathan, before assuming office as the presdent of AfDB.

The AfDB before now had cleared Adesina who is seeking a second term as president of the bank of all wrongdoing.

However in a statement issued on Wednesday, Adesina said, “In recent weeks and over the last few days especially, I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support received from around the world. I have absolute confidence in the integrity of the Bank that I lead and its governance systems, rules and procedures.

“In spite of unprecedented attempts by some to tarnish my reputation and prejudice the Bank’s governance procedures, I maintain my innocence with regard to trumped up allegations that unjustly seek to impugn my honour and integrity, as well as the reputation of the African Development Bank.

“I sincerely appreciate the support of the bank’s shareholders.

“At this time, I remain confident that ultimately and as one collective, the Bank will emerge stronger than before and continue to support Africa’s development drive. I draw great inspiration from my heroes, Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, whose lives have shown that through pain we grow. As Martin Luther King Jnr. once said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice”.

“I am confident that fair, transparent, and just processes that respect the rules, procedures and governance systems of the Bank, and the rule of law, will ultimately prove that I have not violated the Code of Ethics of this extraordinary institution.”