The Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has departed Abuja for Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, to attend the inauguration of Nigeria’s Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, as President of the African Development Bank, AfDB, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesman, said in a statement on Monday.
The Street Journal recalls that Adesina, an Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, graduate of Agricultural Science, was elected as the first Nigerian to become the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in May.
According to Akande, Osinbajo, who is to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the ceremony slated for Tuesday, would deliver a speech at the epochal event and return to Abuja same day.
The statement said that Buhari had actively supported Adesina’s candidacy for the post of AfDB president in the keenly contested election even before he took over the mantle of leadership on May 29.
It noted that, in spite of Nigeria being among the highest financiers of the bank since its inception in the early 90’s, Adesina was the first Nigerian to head the bank.
Dr Adesina, who is the immediate past Minister of Agriculture, has been rated as Nigeria’s best performing minister during the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.