The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has distanced himself from contesting for the exalted position of President of Nigeria in the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the country.
Penpushing reports that, Adesina, made the clarification in a statement on Tuesday, following several calls in some quarters encouraging him to vie for the position, explaining that he was focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa.
“I have been extremely humbled by several calls from Nigerians at home and abroad that I should consider running for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’, he said.
“I am very touched by all who have gone to a great extent, with such huge sacrifices of their own volition to consider me worthy to be proposed for potential consideration. The coalition groups of youth, women, farmers, physically challenged and well-meaning Nigerians that have done this have expressed their genuine free will’, Adesina said
“They also expressed their political right, freedom of expression and association for my consideration, with the interest of Nigeria at heart. While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to be considered. I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the AfDB have given me for Africa’s development,’’ he said.
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