Buhari meeting with Akinwumi Adesina. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received in audience at the State House, Abuja, the newly re-elected President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina.
The President congratulated the AFDB boss on his second election, noting that ”Nothing succeeds like success.”
Last month Dr Adesina had faced strong opposition to secure an unprecedented 100 percent regional and non-regional vote. On September 1, he was inaugurated, as a second five-year term AfDB President.
“I have told so many people why I backed you,” President Buhari said.
“In 2015, during 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 have proven professional, you have made us proud and the second time I have recommended you.”
The President commended Dr Adesina for his support for Africa in general, and Nigeria in particular, stressing that the infrastructural deficits the country has in roads, rail, power, could not be overcome without support.
“There can’t be sustainable development without infrastructure. Our efforts should be viewed against a shortage of money, but you are doing your best to help us. I wish you all the best in your final term,” President Buhari said.
“Home is where dreams are born. Home is where nurturing is provided. It is where support is given for the realization of dreams. I am glad to belong here,” Dr Adesina said.
“When I came in June, you received me, and I shared my successes, and the difficulties facing me. You listened and said you would stand by me. And you did. You not only stood behind me but also beside me. No greater honour for a man than for his Commander-in-Chief to be his Supporter-in-Chief, and his Defender-in-Chief,” he added.
Adesina said Nigeria gave him air, “when I badly needed it in my lungs,” and pledged to always support the country in his private capacity, and as AfDB President. Buhari meeting with Akinwumi Adesina