14 former African Presidents including a former Prime Minister have expressed their support for the President of the African Development Bank (AFDV) Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina and asked the United States to respect the governing systems of the bank.
According to the former leaders which included former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Adesina and the AFDB should not be distracted at a time when the continent is battling a COVID-19 pandemic.
They opined further that conflict resolution professes outside the laid down rules of the bank will undermine it’s reputation and processes.
In a joint statement, the leaders said;
They went ahead to list the achievements of the continental Bank under the leadership of Dr. Adesina.
They thereafter urged all shareholders to work with mutual respect while honouring laid down rules and procedures because no country has veto power over the African Development Bank and no country should ever have such power.
“No nation, regardless of how powerful, has veto power over the African Development Bank, and no nation should have such power”.
The signatories to the statement include;
- Olusegun Obasanjo – President Nigeria (1999-2007).
- Boni Yayi – President Republic of Benin (2006 – 2016).
- Hailemariam Desalegn -. Prime Minister Ethiopia (2012 – 2018).
- John Kufour – President Ghana (2001-2009).
- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Presdient Liberia (2006 – 2018).
- Joyce Banda – President Malawi (2012-2014).
- Joaquim Chissano – President Mozambique ( 1986 – 2005).
- Tandja Mamadou – President Niger (1999-2010).
- Goodluck Jonathan – President Nigeria (2010-2015).
- Mohamed Marzouki – President Tunisia (2011-2014).
- Benjamin Mkapa – President Tanzania (1995-2005).
- Ameenah Gurib-Fakin – President Mauritius (2015-2018).
- Rupiah Banda – President Zambia (2008-2011).
- Kgalema Motlanthe – President South Africa (2008-2009).
- Jakaya Kikwete – President Tanzania (2005-2015).