Buhari lobbies ECOWAS to back Agric Minister, Adesina, for ADB President

Minister of Agric, Akin Adeshina

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.


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  • Usman

    That’s patriotic

  • King Carlos

    1st minister on the list.

  • Sadiq Umar

    Edem Duke should be retained also. He has years of immense labour in the tourism as well an ongoing transformation agenda in the sector. Olusegun Aganga also has pushed immensely for a lot of critical investments into the Nigerian economy. these 2 deserve to be retained #SaiNigeria #GodBlessNigeria

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Easily the best hand that has come from Jonathan’s cabinet so far, this Adesina guy. I see what he is doing about local rice production. Buhari must run the baton by improving dramatically on what this guy is leaving behind. This country quickly needs to diversify its source of revenue earnings, and it is urgent. We can no longer depend wholly on crude oil. Agriculture is the obvious industry to start with. Huge incentives (removed during the early era of military rule) must be given to lure Nigerian farmers back to big time farming. The John Holt, UAC, FCAO- type mega warehouses spread across the nation must be resuscitated while rail lines linking them to the various sea ports must be rebuilt. We have no better choice.

    • Ade

      Great comment!

  • Ade

    Good one General Buhari.

    God bless you

  • Bolaji Lawal

    I perceive a new spirit in our politicians that says “Nigeria first”. Thank God for answering our prayers requesting a right spirit in our leaders. All the evil postulations of the western world to sell their weapons of death failed on the alter of prayers. Be glorified Jehovah.