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AFDB Presidency: Buhari Nominates Adesina 

Akinwunmi Adesina appreciates Buhari for re-election.     

Funsho Akinwale

Akinwunmi Adesina, on Sunday, was nominated for re-election as the President of African Development Bank (AFDB) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Adesina, who first got the plum job through the former President Goodluck Jonathan, while speaking at a fora on Monday appreciated the president for nominating him for re-election for a second term as president of the bank.

According to Mr Adesina, Nigeria has invested so much in him.

“When asked by former President Goodluck Jonathan to serve as Minister of Agriculture, it was duty calling me to the land of my birth.

“I served Nigeria to the very best of my ability. I thank God that Nigeria’s agriculture sector witnessed a much-needed transformation at the time.

“It was a Nigerian effort, as all hands were on deck.

“This included our former presidents and heads of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice Presidents Atiku Abubakar and Namadi Sambo, and of course my dear indefatigable sister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who ran a spirited campaign for me.

“By God’s grace, I was elected President of the African Development Bank on May 28, 2015, exactly 24 hours after my term of office as Minister ended.

“The nation jubilated as I became the first-ever Nigerian to be elected President of the bank since its establishment in 1964,” Adesina said.