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Buhari Rejoices As Review Committee Clears Adesina’s Name Off Ethical Misconduct

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a congratulatory statement to the African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwunmi Adesina following his exoneration by an independent review panel from 16 allegations of ethical misconduct levelled against him as the chief executive of the AfDB and urged him to remain steadfast in pursuing the goal of the institution.

were on Tuesday excited, following the clearance of African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina by an independent review panel.
Dr. Adesina was exonerated from 16 allegations of ethical misconduct levelled against him as the chief executive of the AfDB.
Congratulating the AfDB boss for coming out clean of all allegations, President Buhari said the bill of health given to him has validated his competence to further lead the organisation.

In the statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, the President said he warmly rejoices with President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, on the clearing of all allegations against him by an anonymous group, and further validation of his competence and integrity to lead the institution.

President Buhari also congratulates AfDB Board of Directors, the Ethics Committee and members of staff for their courage, maturity and patience in following through the process of investigations, and acceptance of Report of Panel of High-Level Independent Experts, which reviewed the Report of Ethics Committee of AfDB, and Dr Adesina’s response.

He also commends the eminent personalities, consisting of Mary Robinson, Justice Hassan B. Jallow and Leonard F. McCarthy, who handled the review of the report of the Ethics Committee, and their professionalism in rejecting support services, and providing a unanimous report.

Buhari further said that he believes the conclusion of the review should finally draw a curtain on the allegations that created distractions for the entire institution for a period, and serve as impetus for more diligence in handling responsibilities, while fuelling the zeal to deliver on the promises of a greater Africa.

He concluded by urging Dr Adesina to remain steadfast, dedicated and resolute in pursuing his noble goals for the institution, especially with the now expected second term in office, assuring him of the prayers and support of Nigerians.

Gambia Government Denies Rumours Of Legalizing Homosexuality For Foreign Aids

The Gambia government has denied the widely circulated rumours of plans to soften homosexuality laws in the country in exchange for foreign aids.

Ebrima Sankareh, government spokesperson said this in a statement that that the news is false political propaganda orchestrated to score cheap political points,

He said the Gambia’s government continues to be guided by “the norms of its people” and there is no plan to entertain a review of laws on homosexuality.

Sankareh held that homosexual activity is illegal in The Gambia, where a conviction can carry a hefty prison sentence.

Tuesday’s statement follows weeks of pressure on the government to respond to apparently pro-gay social media posts from the European Union’s delegation in the Muslim-majority nation.

On May 17 — the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia — the EU delegation in The Gambia uploaded posts urging that gay people not be excluded from society.

But this spurred speculation that the EU would seek to tie aid funds to protecting LGBT rights, prompting uproar from religious leaders and opposition politicians.

Talks over revising The Gambia’s constitution, held under Barrow, have also sparked discussion about gay rights in the former British colony of some two million people.

Breaking: the President of Burundi is Dead!

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of heart failure, the government said Tuesday.

The announcement was made by the Government of the Republic of Burundi. The death which occurred on June 8, 2020 is said to have followed a heart failure.

An evangelical who believed he was chosen by God to rule the East African nation, Nkurunziza came to power in 2005, when he was selected by parliament.

In 2015 the president has embarked on a very controversial bid for a third term in office. This was reported to have thrown the country into a massive turmoil.

The crises led to the death of at least 1,200 people, displaced hundreds of thousands and the authorities carried out a sustained crackdown on the opposition and media.

His death is coming less than a month after the elections of May 20 in which his hand-picked successor, Evariste Ndayishimiye, secured a seven-year term as president — a result confirmed by the constitutional court last Thursday.

I Remain AfDB President – Adesina Confirms

An official statement from the African Development Bank (AfDB) President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has revealed that Akinwumi has not stepped down from office.

Adesina, in the statement, said “the bank’s institutional framework is solid and efficient, adding that he stands by it”.

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.

“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 honour 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 Kofi Annan, whose lives have shown that through pain we grow. As Martin Luther King Jnr. once said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards 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 founder to accelerate and transform Africa’s development.”

The bank’s Board of Governors cleared him of the allegations after its ethics committee looked into the matter.

Sierra Leone Government Denies Appointing Nigerian Doctor To Head Its Covid-19 Task Force

Sierra Leone Government has denied the news that said one Nigerian, Dr. Olaoluwa Adejayan was appointed to head the country’s Covid-19 task force.

Yusuf Keketoma Sandi, the Press Secretary of Sierra Leone’s State House, on his Official Facebook page made this known to the public.

He said, the report that had it that one Dr. Laoluwa Adejayan was appointed by the President of Sierra Leone on a monthly salary of $20,000 and that Sierra Leone President Bio had sent a message to his Nigerian counterpart to intimate him on the development, while praising the aforementioned Nigerian doctor, is false and mischievous.

He also use the avenue to inform general populate about the effect of fake news and urge them to stay away from it.

Yusuf as well attached some publications to back his claim.

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