Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has said only his principal can confront former President Olusegun Obasanjo and “survive it”.
Adesina stated this in a piece entitled: ‘Buhari Applause for Akinwumi Adesina’.
He compared Obasanjo to “America and some other world powers”.
He wrote: “If America and some other world powers come after you, you have every right to shiver in the broiling sun.
“It’s like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo telling you to dismount from the horse of leadership in Nigeria.
“Only a Muhammadu Buhari can look him straight in the eyes, and say; No sir. And survive it.”
The African banking institution and its President were in the eye of the storm earlier this year over allegations of impropriety levelled against Akinwumi Adesina by some whistleblowers working in the bank.
However, the 60-year-old former Nigerian minister of Agriculture, who became the first Nigerian to helm the AfDB in 2015, had insisted he was “innocent” of the charges.
The bank’s Ethics’ Committee, which first investigated the allegations, gave him a clean bill that was accepted by the Board of Governors but the United States outrightly rejected the report and demanded a fresh probe by an independent body.
The independent panel headed by former Irish President, Mary Robinson, also cleared all allegations levelled against the AfDB President.
Adesina was then sworn in on September 01, 2020, for another five-year term after getting a 100 per cent vote of all regional and non-regional members of the Bank.
Obasanjo and Buhari both ruled Nigeria as Military Head of States and civilian presidents.
However, Obasanjo has been critical of the current administration and was notably absent at the meeting of the National Council of State held recently.