Sambo seeks Algeria support for Agric Minister to become AFDB president

Vice President Namadi Sambo

Vice-President Namadi Sambo has urged Algeria to support the candidacy of Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister as the next president of the African Development Bank.

Mr. Sambo met with the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday, and both leaders discussed bilateral issues relating to the development and co-operation of their two countries in various fields.

Mr. Sambo used the occasion to solicit the support of Algeria towards the candidature of Akinwumi Adesina for the Presidency of the African Development Bank, AfDB, a statement from Mr. Sambo’s office said.

Mr. Adesina is Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister.

The vice-president, who arrived Algiers on Saturday, was received by the Foreign Affairs Minister of Algeria, Ramtare Lamamra, at the Houari Bounediene International Airport Algiers, the statement said.

Mr. Sambo, who was in Algiers as a special envoy of President Goodluck Jonathan, presented a letter from President Jonathan to Algeria’s President Abdelazeez Bouteflika.

The meeting, according to the statement, had in attendance the Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria, Aminu Wali, Mr. Adesina, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Algeria, Haruna Ginsau.

Also, the Algerian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Agriculture and Rural Development, Ramtare Lamama and Abdelouahab Nouri, respectively, were part of the exchange of views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest to both countries.

“Highlights of the event was a presentation by Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina in flawless and impeccable French outlining his plans for the bank if elected as its President,’’ the statement said.



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  • Spoken word

    What clout does ghost worker sambo have.

    • Kanoute

      Same way u guys and yur online media made the gullibles believe Deizani will not get the OPEC job..the rest as they say is history.
      Now this. And all you can say about the agric ministers chances is yur attack on the VP. What options will u have if he gets the job? ‘Strap and blowup’??

      *this is in sharp contrast from what we hear that yur man Buhari dumped his own citizen and rather supported sumone from a different country for the post of OAU sec gen!
      Bigotry at its highest level!

    • Ceejay

      Some “spoken words” are useless and unintelligent

      • Spoken word

        Ceejay you are an irresponsible boy. is this the nigeria of your dreams. Tell me one achievement of the aloof Sambo. Please it is not by force to make a comment if you have no knowledge of what you are talking about. We are not giving prizes for empty barrels here.

        • BB

          Ignore Ceejay, he is from Ilorin. So u can understand why his reasoning is like that

          • Spoken word

            He must be a bush boy that still drinks from a well.

  • international games

    Why should Algeria have any opinion on who should run the AFRICAN development bank? Does Nigeria have an opinion on who should run the ARAB development banks?

    • Debo

      Don’t talk about what you don’t know.

    • Chamilo Djamel

      Bro this is Algeria You are Talking about.Just keep calm.and as he said.”Don’t talk about what you don’t know.”

      Salam !

  • McAlfred Uta

    I support the candidacy of Akinwunmi Adesina. He is more than qualified. Never knew he speaks French. May God grant you victory as the next President of AfDB.