In the wake of the current controversy over the whistle blower’s corruption allegations levelled against Mr Akinwunmi Adesina, the President of Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Nigerians and other well-meaning followers around the globe are passing goodwill messages.
Adesina had been exonerated of all accusations by the AfDB Ethics Committee, but the insistence of the United States, a non-regional member country, calling for an independent probe is heightening tension in this premier supranational development institution for Africa, which had hitherto been peaceful.
The current AfDB president, already rounding off his five-year tenure, is enjoying a consensus agreement from all regional member countries of AfFB, who have ratified him as the only candidate for another five-year second term.
Now, in a show of solidarity, Nigerians and other friends of Adesina globally have taken to the social media to declare their support in a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #IStandWithAdesina.
Below are their comments:
I have seen many takes on the @AfDB_Group crisis since my thread yesterday and I’m disappointed that many do not understand how global politics work. Akin Adesina is being made a sacrificial lamb for US interests. And as a Nigerian, #IstandWithAdesina. Let me tell you why. Thread pic.twitter.com/hevbVp9mnX
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) May 29, 2020
I am totally happy to see African leaders rallying to show solidarity and support for @akin_adesina. This isn’t just about the office of AfDB President, but about African dignity, about Africa standing against modern era imperialism. This is brilliant. 👏 👏 #IstandWithAdesina pic.twitter.com/St0cXD8BnY
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) May 29, 2020
Can we all stand firm with @akin_adesina, and indeed with our dear Continent at a time like this? Never again shall we succumb to the imperialists. #IstandWithAdesina @DrJoeAbah @OgbeniDipo @cchukudebelu @segalink @renoomokri @obyezeks @ChidiOdinkalu pic.twitter.com/COLHvvma7u
— El Caballero – Let's pound the pandemic!!! (@Bidexie) May 29, 2020
This video compilation shows why we all must ensure #IstandWithAdesina trends today.
It's your way of saying, "No to imperialism and neocolonialism in Africa.
— #IstandWithAdesina (@timithelaw) May 29, 2020
His achievement and capacity to deliver more has been the thorn in their flesh, that's why they wanted him out at all cost. Let's us all stand and support our own… Stand Africa!#IstandWithAdesina #IstandWithAfrica/Adesina#AAA pic.twitter.com/5iXhdtk4tQ
— Omo Olowo'made (@Oluwole_Biyi) May 29, 2020
Akinwunmi Adesina intention is very clear. He knows what he's doing. The westerners don't like an independent and forward thinking African, they want a stooge that would be controlled from Washington. Let's protect him and ensure that he retains the seat 🙏#IstandWithAdesina pic.twitter.com/nQuGRmTDO6
— ᗅⅅᗅℳՏ⌾ℕ (ᵔᴥᵔ) (@hadampson20) May 29, 2020
This character lynching of Akinwunmi Adesina of the AfDB by the US must be stoutly resisted #istandwithadesina
— PatrickDoyleMedia (@iampatrickdoyle) May 28, 2020
Whenever you’re in a high office & you’re doing the right thing contrary to the interest of ‘the powers that be’, they’ll do anything to bring you down. Such is the case of @akin_adesina.
He may not be a saint but he is doing far more good to Africa than harm.#IstandWithAdesina
— Bello Shagari (@Belshagy) May 29, 2020
Those farmers cooperative societies you encouraged and organize remain the only medium to which fertilizer and other farming input are been distributed us. Thank you sir. Congratulations Sir.
— @realDChia (@DavidChia20) May 28, 2020
True and great Leader automatically responds to any problem by listening first. I was 26 years old when I first met you, and I saw hope. You are the star of agripreneurs and for African agriculture. My prayers are with you #IstandWithAdesina @AfDB_Group #WeAreAllTripleA pic.twitter.com/t9YgOfUr5H
— firstname.lastname@example.org (@noelmuling) May 28, 2020
Ideally, if it were to be a normal society, #IstandWithAdesina would be trending. Followed this man right from his days as the minister of agriculture till date. The president better take this seriously, non- regional nations cannot have the most say in an African entity.😪.. pic.twitter.com/ZESwKrOWnS
— proud ekiti boy🌴 (@_paulodunayo) May 29, 2020
— Olumayowa Alli (@Mayorhalli) May 29, 2020
The head of the Abidjan-based African Development Bank, Nigerian national Akinwumi Adesina, is being targeted by the Trump Adminstration for corruption. His supporters and fans are lashing back and defending his record using the hashtag #IstandWithAdesina https://t.co/cihldWcFtb
— James Creedon (@JamesCreedonF24) May 29, 2020
#IStandWithAdesina against all odds, I believe in his dream and vision for youths and Africa. He's jealous about Africans with a clear vision:
Light Up Africa
Improve the quality of life of Africans#IsupportAdesina 💯
— Saheed Alarape 🌱 (@saheed_alarape) May 29, 2020
What @akin_adesina has done for Nigeria and Africa Agriculture no one has done such.
When he was minister of Agric he brought initiative for fertilizer wallet using technology.
He is our Developmental Saviour#IstandWithAdesina #AgriculturalIndustrialization #foodsecurity
— NaijaFarmer (@Nig_Farmer) May 29, 2020