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President of the Africa Development Bank (AFDB), Mr Akinwunmi Adesina visited the Presidential villa Abuja to met with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Some ministers who attended the meeting includes Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed and the newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President Ibrahim Gambari.
This meeting follows a petition by a group of whistle-blowers against Adesina, accusing him of breaching AFDB’s code of conduct, some of which include private gains, impediments to efficiency, preferential treatment, and involvement in political activities.
The group, which noted their allegations were in line with AfDB’s whistleblowing policy, said these activities adversely affected the confidence and integrity of the bank.
Adesina has however debunked the allegations against him, while insisting on his innocence.
“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,” Adesina said recently while responding to the accusations.
The Nigerian government has, however, continued to rally support for Adesina. Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed in a letter urged the board of the AfDB to ignore calls for an independent investigation of Mr Adesina.
Mr Adesina declared to speak with journalists at the venue after the meeting which lasted for about 45 minutes.