Nigeria defends embattled countryman Akinwumi Adesina as U.S. calls for independent probe at African Development Bank

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Updated: March 7, 2021

Nigeria is defending countryman Akinwumi, the embattled President of the African Development Bank, as the United States calls for a fresh and independent probe, following serious allegations of nepotism and favoritism in contract allocations leveled against him.

A first probe cleared Adesina on May 5, but the Trump administration rejected its findings and called for a fresh and independent probe in an official letter on May 22.

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On Thursday, the Nigerian Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, a.k.a “Mama loans”, defended Adesina in a letter to the Chairperson of the African Development Bank’s board of governors, Mrs. Kaba Niale.

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She praised him for a job well done, and listed some of his achievements at the bank and in Africa.

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