By Chinenye Festus:-
The President of African Development Bank Dr. Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday paid a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari while receiving him in the Presidential Villa Abuja commended Adesina for his impeccable Performance over the last five years which led to his re-election.
The president narrowed his congratulatory message down to the support Adesina has shown for Africa at large and how devoted he is in growing our own country Nigeria in terms of addressing infrastructural deficits.
“There can’t be sustainable development without infrastructure. Our efforts should be seen in the context of lack of resources, but you do your best to support us. I wish you all the best in your final term,” President Buhari said.
” I have told so many people why I backed you,” President Buhari said referencing questions about why he picked Adesina who served as Minister of Agriculture under the Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration.
“In 2015, in your first term, you were a Minister with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government, and I was of the All Progressives Congress (APC). But you are a good Nigerian. So I recommended you the first time. You proved to be competent, you made us proud, and I recommended you the second time.”
This was Adesina’s first visit to the President since he was elected and sworn in for a second term at the helm of Africa’s top bank and the Nigerian leader used the occasion to explain his reason for backing him for the job in the first case. While responding to all the good things the president said about him, The AFDB president expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians who showed their unshakeable support for him throughout the election and his return as president saying ‘being a citizen of this great country Nigeria is something to be proud of’
“Home is where dreams are born. Home is where nurturing is provided. It is where support is given for the realization of dreams. I am glad to belong here,” Dr. Adesina said.
“When I came in June, you received me, and I shared my successes, and the difficulties facing me. You listened and said you would stand by me. And you did. You not only stood behind me but also beside me.
No greater honour for a man than for his Commander-in-Chief to be his Supporter-in-Chief, and his Defender-in-Chief,” he added.
Adesina said Nigeria gave him air, “when I badly needed it in my lungs,” and pledged to always support the country in his private capacity, and as AfDB President.
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