Independent review panel led by an ex-Irish President, Mary Robinson, against the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), has exonerated President of the multilateral lender, Akinwunmi Adesina, of all charges.
It was in earlier in May that unidentified whistle-blowers accused the former Nigerian Agriculture minister of handing contracts to acquaintances and appointing relatives to strategic positions at the bank.
However, following the bank’s revive that exonerated him in the allegation of favoritism and nepotism in May, the US called for an independent probe and the results have also proved Akin Adesina to be upright in his dealings.
Following the report, conversations began to flood social media as many people shared their happiness that Adesina was cleared of the allegations. Others, however, debated the international ties with the African Development Bank; for many, the US who were championing the probe against Adeshina may have had other motives.
A few users also drew attention on the upcoming election at the AfDB which Adeshina has been reported for a rerun. They debated that all the drama that came with the probe could somehow be tied to those who may have been rooting for him to fail in the coming elections.
A huge number of Twitter users, however, are celebrating this new development as a win for Nigerians, as the country’s identity as a people has been tainted in recent times.