Dr Akinwumi Adesina is in a merry mood at the moment as the industrious President of the African Development Bank was re-elected to run the affairs of the organisation for another five years. This, according to friends, family members, well-wishers and associates, is a height well deserved as the former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development remains one of the presidents of the organisation to have broken more grounds in the history of the banks. According to Adesina, who promised not to relent in his good work, everyone in the bank should work together. He said, “I was sworn in for my second five-year term as President of the AfDB. I just wanted to say a very big thank you to all of you for your extraordinary support, prayers and good wishes. Let us move forward, driven by the power of our mission, inspired by the primacy of our vision and emboldened by the strength of our togetherness. Today, is a great day and my life is dedicated to God for the selfless service of humanity and to Africa.”
He also appreciated his wife, Grace Adesina, saying, “My darling wife, my rock, counsellor, and inspiration, I would not be standing here today without you. Thank you very much for always standing with and beside me. I love you!”
Nigerian-British diplomat and politician, Amina Mohammed, who is serving as the fifth Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, topped the list of dignitaries to congratulate Adesina on his re-election, saying, “I join the African and global community to congratulate my brother and colleague, Dr Akin Adesina, on his re-election and swearing-in as President of the AfDB. We look forward to strengthening our partnership in Africa to achieve Agendas 2063 at African Union and 2030 at the United Nations.”
Also joining her in the congratulatory messages were former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri; and other notable dignitaries, home and abroad.