The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has made it clear that he is innocent of allegations of corruption against him, against the background of the threat by the call by the United States Department of Treasury for an independent corruption probe of his leadership of the bank after he was cleared by the bank’s ethics committee.
In a statement he signed today, May 27, Adesina who is former Nigeria minister of Agriculture, said that he remained positive that ultimately, the bank will emerge stronger than before and continue to support Africa’s development drive.”
“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.”
He assured that he will continue to work with all shareholders to ensure that AfDB maintains its global reputation and that its credible institutional and governance systems are reinforced.
Adesina said that he would continue to work collectively with other stakeholders to fulfil the mission of the bank’s founders to accelerate and transform Africa’s development.