Month: May 2015

Full Text Of President Buhari’s Inaugural Speech To The Federation

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Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.

800x451x1-PIC.2.-SWEARING-IN-OF-THE-NEW-PRESIDENT-IN-ABUJA.jpg.pagespeed.ic.U4gX7EKo1wInaugural Speech of President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.

I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted.  I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.

I thank all of you.

Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.

I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.

A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.

Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it. Here I would like to thank the governments and people of Cameroon, Chad and Niger for committing their armed forces to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria.

I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.

At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.

In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.

Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.

Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable. There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.

For their part the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.

Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government can not interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.

However, no matter how well organized the governments of the federation are they can not succeed without the support, understanding and cooperation of labour unions, organized private sector, the press and civil society organizations. I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity. The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.

My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people. For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.

The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.

This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police. Since then through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.

Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. At the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a reccurrence of this evil. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces.

Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.

The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people.

No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20b expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.

Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.

Your Excellencies, My fellow Nigerians I can not recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfill our long – standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation.

Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar

There is a tide in the affairs of men which,

taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life,

Is bound in shallows and miseries.

We have an opportunity. Let us take it.

Thank you

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Adieu Jonathan, Bienvenu Buhari

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How time flies. Really, really flies. Five years ago — on May 6, 2010, specifically — Dr. Goodluck Jonathan became the president of Nigeria. That was three months after assuming the office in an acting position. A year later, he won the presidential election, defeating Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. And four years later, Buhari came back to defeat him. On Friday, he will bow out of office in peace and in one piece. Again, I’m glad that I’m alive to witness this historic change of baton between a sitting president and his rival. Again, I’m glad that I’ve witnessed 16 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria. Better experienced than read in history books.
Five years on, how would Jonathan feel after leaving office? I guess there would be mixed emotions — just like typical human experiences. He would look at some things and be glad. He would remember some things and feel sad. He would review certain things and get mad. He would be thinking: I wish I had done that thing another way. Many of us deceive ourselves by saying we have “no regrets”. But we all have. That is why we are human. We wish we had done something better or said something better. We wish we had chosen a different path or stayed the course. But above all, we wish to be remembered for good.
Can Jonathan look back at his tenure and tell himself he put in a good shift? Going by what he said in the build-up to the 2015 elections, he was certainly convinced he had done enough to earn a return. He pointed to the expansion of rail, air, water and road infrastructure. He presented his scorecards in agriculture, education for the vulnerable (Almajiri and girl-child) and local content in the oil sector. He highlighted the improvements at several teaching hospitals and how kidney transplants and open-heart surgeries are now being performed there. He also pointed to the modernisation and re-tooling of the armed forces.
In an article I wrote last year, “My Grouse with Goodluck Jonathan”, I indeed listed these achievements but pointed out two critical issues which I said he did not address convincingly: corruption and insecurity. I somehow expected them to be the biggest issues that would shape the 2015 electioneering — not the Almajiri schools, not the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, not the second Niger bridge, not the privatisation of power utilities, not the GDP. The unending Boko Haram attacks and sustained allegations of corruption would damage any government any day, especially as Jonathan’s responses were rather too tenuous or too late.
Jonathan, in my opinion, dilly-dallied over several damaging allegations of corruption. He held tight to the minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, for too long, despite all the NNPC sleaze.  On top of that, the Chibok tragedy drew a harmful global attention to his government. The harassment of the Bring Back Our Girls movement by the security agencies only succeeded in wiping off Jonathan from the social media — his previous forte. He got millions of new enemies as reward. Chibok was tragically turned into comedy by the first lady. I’m sure Jonathan would look back at these issues with regrets, even if he won’t admit it publicly.
Jonathan was either misled on the enormity of the Chibok tragedy and other Boko Haram-induced tragedies — or he himself utterly underestimated it. Boko Haram was heavily politicised. It became a cheap campaign tool. APC and PDP sought to take maximum political advantage of the calamity. They were busy pointing accusing figures at each other. While this went on, Boko Haram continued to grow in weight and height. But, as I always argued, it was the responsibility of Jonathan to crush Boko Haram — no matter who was behind it. Helpless Nigerians could not be lamenting about Boko Haram and Jonathan too would be lamenting. No, it’s not done!
Late Oronto Douglas, one of Jonathan’s closest aides, was like a brother to me. But we argued often over Jonathan’s stewardship, and he always made the point that the press was too hard on the president. He was saddened that Jonathan was not getting enough credit for the progress recorded in many sectors of the economy under his watch — particularly in the production of rice and cotton, water resources, rehabilitation and construction of federal roads as well as the signing of legacy laws such as the Freedom of Information Act and Disability Act. I could understand Oronto’s frustrations, but the Nigerian private press has never been pro-government since 1859.
As we now wave “goodbye” to Jonathan, no doubt he would be wishing in his heart of heart that Nigerians would remember the good things about him, not just his failings. I can assure him that those who will remember him for good will always do — and those who never fancied him are not about to change their minds. While I believe he did many good things, it is also glaring that his more pronounced failings ultimately undermined him. I think there were many things he could have done much better, and in moments of introspection, he would wish he had sought better counsel and chosen a different path. That is history now.
But Jonathan can also take solace in the fact that some leaders are only appreciated after they are gone. Buhari himself was vilified and savaged until he was overthrown in 1985, but many Nigerians have come to agree that he was on to something and could have changed Nigeria fundamentally if he had been allowed to continue with his mission. President Olusegun Obasanjo was battered in the media from 1999 to 2007, but today he is many people’s hero and their moral authority. When you review what certain prominent Nigerians used to say about Obasanjo and what they are saying about the same man today, then you know there is hope for Jonathan.
And as we say “welcome” to Buhari, I need not remind him that Aso Rock is the hottest residence in Nigeria. It is one place where you will be sweating even with all ACs switched on. There are tough decisions waiting on his desk — decisions about electricity and fuel subsidies, a bloated public service, crushing overheads and fighting corruption without being accused of highhandedness or using kid gloves. Managing a country where everybody is a renowned expert on good governance is no child’s play. There are wild expectations that he can turn stone to bread. The PDP, wounded and humiliated, will be full of vengeance: Buhari should expect a full dose of media war.
Nigeria’s power politics is very complex. Buhari could find his early decisions and appointments being analysed along ethnic and religious lines. That is the way we are. Obasanjo was accused of implementing “Afenifere agenda” in his early days. Jonathan was accused of stalling the dredging of River Niger when he became acting president. Buhari should prepare for his own baptism of fire. But having won the presidential election on the basis of his integrity, he has the moral capital to inspire the birth of a new thinking in us. As complex as we are in Nigeria, we are not impossible to lead — as long as we can see the sincerity of purpose in our leaders.
Welcome on board, Mai Gaskiya.

AND FOUR

OTHER THINGS…

POWER TO PDP?
There was a lot of drama on Saturday as APC senators-elect flexed their muscles on who the next senate president should be. At the end of their retreat, they were divided between Bukola Saraki and Ahmad Lawan. Saraki says he has 35 APC senators behind him. The magic figure is 55. APC has 63 senators while PDP boasts of 46. If Saraki gets 20 PDP senators to back him, he will be home and dry. Lawan has not yet given us his own figure, but PDP senators could eventually break the deadlock if APC can’t settle for a consensus. Tricky.

ZONING MERIT
I am amused each time I hear APC chieftains say the party doesn’t believe in zoning and that national assembly positions will be filled on “merit”. Is there is any part of Nigeria that does not have competent candidates if an office is zoned to them? Does zoning preclude merit? And if indeed APC does not believe in zoning, why did it pick Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, a southerner, as the vice-presidential candidate to a northerner? After all, Malam Rabiu Kwankwaso came second at the primary and could logically be Buhari’s running mate! This grandstanding over zoning is really comical. Hypocrisy.

ALHAJI OR MR?
The media office of the president-elect says he should be addressed simply as Muhammadu Buhari. The idea is that as a civilian president, he should drop his military title, Major General. In 1999, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo settled for “Chief”. Ordinarily, we should be able to address Buhari as “Alhaji” or “Malam” but I notice an attempt to avoid a religious title. What about “Mr” then? Well, typical Nigerian mentality thinks a “whole president” shouldn’t be called “Mr”.  “President Buhari” will certainly be the most common, but we will run into problem saying: “The President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari…” Clumsy.

ENERGY SHAME
And so, here we are again talking about no fuel and no electricity. Nigerians are practically living in hell. Oil marketers are not keen on importing fuel because it is now classified as a “political risk” by banks. And despite an installed power generation capacity of nearly 8,000mw, Nigerians are living in pitch darkness because of yet another gas crisis. We are now generating less than 2,000mw! These crippling crises have made sure President Goodluck Jonathan will not be leaving on a high. No wonder many angry and disillusioned Nigerians regard PDP’s 16-year rule as a waste. Sad.

Source: Thisday

Democracy Day: Fayose congratulates Buhari, Jonathan …Warns trouble makers

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indexjhhgEkiti State Governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose ‎ has felicitated  with Nigerians and as well  people of Ekiti State as the nation marks another democracy day.
The Governor also congratulated the new President,  Muhammadu Buhari and the out going president, Dr Goodluck Ebele  Jonathan for making history.
Governor Fayose congratulated Ekiti people for being part of this historic event.
He said  Ekiti State has witnessed remarkable growth and development in the democratic dispensation over the last 16 years, urging the people to consolidate the democratic gains and continue to imbibe the essential democratic tenets for a more prosperous state.
Fayose in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi and made available to the press  in Ado Ekiti on Thursday counseled anybody or group who may want to hide under the celebration of today to ignite violence to have a rethink because they would regret their actions.
He urged all Ekiti people to pursue the ideals and actions that would strengthen rather than undermine democratic  values‎ in our polity.
The Governor while calling on the police and the security agencies to ensure proper maintenance of law and order said the call has become necessary as some people have  seen the swearing ceremony  as opportunity to foment  trouble and attack innocent people.
The Governor continued, ” Dear compatriots, as your duly elected Governor, I am more than determined to protect the democratic norms and values in our state. The unity, peace and stability of our state as well as the protection of lives and property are non- negotiable.
” Ekiti people are known as a strong, resilient and courageous people, therefore, we must all rise in unison with patriotic zeal and collective determination to overcome various challenges confronting our dear state.
“As a state, we have our good and bad days, but it is important to understand that rancour poses a serious threat to the development and sustenance of democracy.
“Despite the challenges we face in Ekiti State, we must commend all peace-loving people of the state for opposing forces of evil who are the enemies of democracy, determined to truncate the electoral wishes of the people.
“I again assure you all that I will not go back on my promise to provide good government and make this state better than I met it.”

As The Journey of CHANGE begins…

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In just about a few hours, the wind of Change whose silent whistle emerged on March 28, 2015 will finally reach its crescendo, when General Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as the 5th democratically elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So much needs to be said and acknowledged in this particular transition from one government to another.

Due commendation and credence must first be given to the good people of Nigeria for their collective efforts in ensuring that our democracy remains. It is to the credit of Nigerians and well-meaning political gladiators that the 2015 elections, (widely predicted, even by the international community, to bring about Nigeria’s eventual collapse) went practically uneventfully.
Violence was minimal, while the voting process itself was widely acclaimed to be largely free and fair. We must also commend the two “giant players” in the presidential race – Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan, and General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) – both of who in their respective ways, have ensured that national interest has been upheld before, during, and after the elections.
As a new journey in our national life begins, come 29th May 2015, the expectations of all Nigerians are high – it is to be expected! That relentless patriotic zeal in the psyche of Nigerians informs their high expectations and hope that things can only get better under a totally new dispensation! What defines this belief as well as the pervading electrifying current in and around the country in recent times, is the simple yet factual saying, “forward ever, backward never!” I-Nigerian joins all Nigerians to commend our best wishes to the new President, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, and his team. We must also commend the outgoing administration, led by President Goodluck Jonathan, who have steered the ship of governance for the past five years. The good statesmanship exhibited by Dr Goodluck Jonathan throughout his tenure as president, speaks volumes for him in the history of Nigeria.
As he passes on the baton to the next President, I-Nigerian wishes him and his family well, and warm wishes on to his next assignment as a global statesman. The new government, under the headship of President Muhammadu Buhari will be taking over the reins of power at a time that the clarion call for a boost in the great potential of Nigeria as a country is sounding louder. Suffice it to say that the new government has its work cut out for it, and must from the onset strive to affirm their appreciation of the huge responsibility entrusted on them by Nigerians, who were swayed by that simple word in their electoral campaign: CHANGE; and came out en masse to vote for CHANGE! Fellow Nigerians, it is also a good time to remind ourselves that CHANGE is a word we must ALL – at ALL levels – begin to appropriately and purposefully imbibe in our daily lives, business dealings, and work performance – so that the new dispensation will reflect our much desired renaissance. Indeed, is CHANGE not all about RENAISSANCE – a “rebirth” of our dear nation?! In doing so, we must, however, not fail to appreciate, and take on board the good in the legacy that has been bequeathed by the outgoing government. Positive lessons, experiences, and policies from the old are there to consolidate upon, and to serve as a guide as we work towards ensuring the continuity for our common good as a people. Fellow Nigerians, it’s a new dawn, a new era, a new dispensation, and we must collectively rally our support and cooperation with the new administration, in order to actualize our collective vision for Nigeria our country, and for ourselves as a people.
Let us continue to imbibe the spirit of patriotism, unity, nationalism, peace, and tolerance of one another; and eschew those negative thoughts and actions that are inimical to our peace, unity, and continued existence. Let us continue to uphold NATIONAL INTEREST in all its ramifications, and continue to work together for our common good. We ourselves are responsible for the success of our new journey; and we ourselves must rise up and purposefully be the CHANGE that we voted for, and wish to see. As we consistently say: Who is Nigeria? Nigerians are Nigeria!!!
Ada Stella Apia-Afi
National Coordinator I-Nigerian Initiative
(An NGO that encourages positive reporting on Nigeria)

Obama Sent Delegate to Witness Buhari’s Inauguration

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President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Nigeria to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on May 29, 2015.
The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, will lead the delegation.
Members of the Presidential Delegation:
The Honorable James F. Entwistle, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Department of State.
The Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Department of State.
General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM)
The Honorable Grant T. Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council.
Mr. Hakeem Olajuwon, NBA Legend and Olympic Gold Medalist.

NDLEA, SSS Vacate Kashamu Buruji’s House

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There’s a joyous mood in the household of the embattled Ogun East Senator-elect, Prince Kashamu Buruji as the team of NDLEA and SSS who have refused to leave and been keeping vigil since midnight of last Friday have finally vacated the premises.
The operatives of the SSS and NDLEA vacated few minutes ago and Prince Kashamu’s fans and supporters who have also refused to leave the location for days have began to dance round the street as we speak.
effort to  speak with him but his media aide picked the call and we heard the voice of the Senator-elect at the background merry-making while victory songs rent the atmosphere.
What it means is that, Senator Kashamu Buruji will be LIVE at the inauguration tomorrow having missed being parcelled to the US by the whiskers.

Akinwunmi emerges African Development Bank president

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Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Akinwumi Adesina has emerged president of the African Development Bank.

The pan-African lender made this disclosure via its Twitter account on Thursday. Adesina will now take over from outgoing bank president, Donald Kaberuka on September 1.

The election was part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

He defeated contenders like Sufian Ahmed, Jaloul Ayed, Kordjé Bedoumra, Cristina Duarte, Samura M. W. Kamara,Thomas Z. Sakala and Birama Boubacar Sidibé to become the 50-year-old body’s eighth leader.

Earlier, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari had requested the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support the candidacy of Adesina as the body’s president.

 Gen. Buhari had communicated his backing of Dr. Adesina’s candidacy to Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, the chairman of ECOWAS, a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said.

According to him, Gen. Buhari said his support of Dr. Adesina’s candidacy was not just because he is a Nigerian.

”Dr. Adesina has a proven track record in a career that predates his position as Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.” Dr. Adesina is also an agricultural development expert with 24 years of experience in developing and managing successful agricultural Programmes across Africa.