Muhammadu Sanusi II, former emir of Kano, has said Africans and friends of the continent must ensure the rules of the African Development Bank (AfDB) are respected in the probe of its president, Akinwunmi Adesina.
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He made the comment after the United States called for more probe after Adesina was found innocent of allegations of favouritism.
Speaking to TheCable, he commended former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Zainab Ahmed, the finance minister, for their stance on the matter.
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“The excellent letter written by the finance minister says it all and I am pleased that President Obasanjo has weighed in on the matter. Every well-meaning African or friend of Africa should speak up on this matter,” he told TheCable.
“It is a simple adherence to global best practices in governance. AfDB has clearly defined rules and processes for investigating and dealing with allegations of misconduct. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
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“Since those processes were duly followed it is unheard of for the rules to be changed because someone does not like the outcome.”
“I have watched him at AfDB and his stellar performance is there for all to see. This is not about defending a Nigerian or a friend,” he continued.
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“It is about standing up for what is right, for justice and for principle. Africa and its friends must stand up at this point.
“My hope is that everyone will see reason and respect the rules. As the minister has said if you don’t like the rules change them but not retroactively,” said Sanusi who is a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
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Obasanjo and Ahmed in a separate letters said the call for further probe of Adesina is a deviation from extant rules, saying African leaders must stand up against it.