Akinwumi Adesina, Nigerian ex-minister, sworn in for second term as AfDB president

Akinwumi Adesina, Nigerian ex-minister, sworn in for second term as AfDB president

- Akinwumi Adesina has been inaugurated for the second term as AfDB president

- The swearing-in ceremony took place in Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire capital on Tuesday

- Adesina was reelected after his exoneration from corruption allegations by a special panel

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Akinwumi Adesina has been sworn in as the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for another five-year term.

The Nigerian former Agriculture minister was handed the mantle of responsibility again on Tuesday, September 1, during an event taking place in Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire.

Representatives of the Nigerian government and that of Cote D’ Ivoire were present at the swearing-in ceremony.

It would be recalled that Adesina was re-elected for a second five-year term as the president of AfDB barely a month after he was exonerated of allegations of corruption by a special panel.

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As a sole candidate for the multilateral lender, Akinwumi was re-elected by the bank's Board of Governors at the AfDB virtual 55th annual meeting in Abidjan on Thursday, August 27.

Adesina, who was first elected as the 8th AfDB president back in 2015, is the first Nigerian to serve as head of the bank group.

After his reelection, the 60-year-old farmer described his victory as another mandate to fulfil the vision of the bank and a historical clarion call to serve.

“We also made history by re-electing me by 100 per cent votes. via a vote, I became the first President of the bank in its history to be re-elected by 100 per cent votes of all its shareholders and I am most grateful and very appreciative," Adesina said.

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In a related development, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria-born Kaycee Madu, who was recently appointed to be the minister of justice and solicitor general for the government of Alberta, in Canada received a presidential accolade.

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Madu was congratulated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August 27, for his new appointment.

Through Femi Adesina, a presidential media aide, President Buhari pointed out that Madu is the first African to become a provincial minister, secretary and keeper of the Great Seal of the Province in Alberta.

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