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

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.

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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