Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has requested the Economic Community of West African States to support the candidacy of Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina, as the next president of the African Development Bank (ADB).
Mr. Buhari has communicated his backing of Dr. Adesina’s candidacy to the Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, who is the current chairperson of the ECOWAS.
In a statement in Abuja Tuesday, Mr. Buhari said that his support of Mr. Adesina’s candidacy was not just because he was Nigerian.
“Dr. Adesina has a proven track record in a career that predates his position as Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development,” Mr. Buhari said.
He added that Mr. Adesina had years of experience of working in Francophone and Anglophone countries, and a passion to help eradicate poverty in Africa by reducing unemployment and inequality among African youth.
Mr. Adesina is also an agricultural development expert with 24 years of experience in developing and managing successful agricultural programmes across Africa.
Until his appointment as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2011, he was the Vice President, Policy and Partnerships Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
Additionally, he has held senior leadership positions in a number of agricultural institutions in the world.