OrderPaperToday – The embattled President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adeshina, has declared that he has not broken the ethics of the Bank as alleged in several recent reports.
It would be recalled that United States Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, in a letter to the Chairwoman of the Board of the Bank, Niale Kaba, rejected the verdict of the committee that exonerated Adeshina.
Mnuchin in the letter called for an independent investigation into allegations against Adeshina whose tenure is due for renewal given that there has been no contender coming up for the top post.
Adeshina, a former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, has however backed the call for an independent investigation in a press statement on Wednesday. He also described his ordeal as an attempt by some people to tarnish his reputation.
The statement reads: “In recent weeks and over the last few days especially. I have been overwhelmed by the tremendous support received from around the world. I have absolute confidence in the integrity of the Bank that I lead and its governance systems, rules, and procedures.
Mr. Adeshina personally signed the statement shared with OrderPaperNG by the communications unit of the AfDB.
He said further: “In spite of unprecedented attempts by some to tarnish my reputation and prejudice the Bank‘s governance procedures. I maintain my Innocence with regard to trumped-up allegations that unjustly seek to impugn my honor and integrity, as well as the reputation of the African Development Bank.
“I sincerely appreciate the support of the Bank’s shareholders.
“At this time. I remain confident that ultimately and as one collective. The Bank will emerge stronger than before and continue to support Africa’s development drive. I draw great inspiration from my heroes, Nelson Mandela and Koffi Annan, whose lives have shown that through the pain we grow. As Martin Luther King Jnr. once said. “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”
“I am confident that fair, transparent and just processes that respect the rules, procedures and governance systems of the Bank, and the rule of law, will ultimately prove that I have not violated the Code of ethics of this extraordinary institution.
“I will, therefore, continue to work with each and every one of our shareholders to ensure that the African Development Bank maintains its hard-earned global reputation: and that our credible and well-functioning institutional and governance systems are reinforced, as we collectively press on to fulfill the mission of our founders to accelerate and transform Africa‘s development.”