…African leaders condemn external investigation
President Muhammadu Buhari is presently meeting with the president of the African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina, at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Mr Adesina, who was once Nigeria’s minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, is facing allegations of corruption at the bank and is being probed.
He denies the allegations and had earlier been cleared of the claims raised by a whistleblower group, but the United States, the bank’s second-biggest investor, has canvassed for an external investigation.
The Nigerian government and other African leaders have been rallying support for Mr Adesina who is seeking a second five-year term.
They argue that the bank should maintain its internal rules of operations with such complaints and not invite an external investigator as requested by the United States.
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