President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, on the clearing of all allegations against him by an anonymous group, and further validation of his competence and integrity to lead the institution.
Buhari congratulated AfDB Board of Directors, the Ethics Committee and members of staff for 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.
A presidency statement issued on Tuesday said that Buhari “commends the eminent 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.
“President Buhari believes 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.”
Buhari further urged 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.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, the Independent Review Panel set up by the Bureau of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB), cleared Adesina of any ethical wrongdoings.
The Independent Review Panel was constituted following a complaint by the United States, to review the process by which two previous organs of the Bank – the Ethics Committee of the Board, and the Bureau of the Board of Governors had previously cleared Adesina.
The three-member Independent Review Panel was headed by Mary Robinson, who is a former President of the Republic of Ireland, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Other members were the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Gambia, Mr Hassan Jallow and Mr Leonard McCarthy, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, and a former Director for the Office of Serious Economic Offences.
The report of the Independent Review Panel stated that it concurred with the Ethics Committee in its findings in respect of all the allegations against the President and found that they were properly considered and dismissed.
The panel added that it had considered Adesina’s submissions on their face and found them consistent with his innocence as well as to be persuasive.