On behalf of the League of Ogori Professors (LOP), Kogi State; the Board of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows Alumni Association, Nigeria (COSFAN); our colleagues at the Association of African Universities (AAU); my family and myself, I congratulate Dr Akinwumi Ayodeji ADESINA and his lovely wife, Grace; family; dedicated colleagues and staff on his re-election for a second term of 5 years, as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
It defied all logic that a hard-working, go-getting and conscientious President who is passionately committed to the upliftment of the masses of poverty-stricken Africa would face such vitrolic hatred, intrigues and back-stabbing to an extent that the so-called big boys on the AfDB Board external to Africa, wanted to see the back of Dr Adesina as President. It just confirmed that our ‘friends’ from the developed world don’t see or want anything good for our Continent even as they pay lip service to her development.
But as the saying goes, he who laughs last, laughs best.
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, magnificiently coasted home in his re-election with the pendulum swinging from utter hatred to 100 per cent support; first in the history of AfDB elections!
Dr Adesina’s unanimous re-election undoubtedly demonstrated that God divinely fought the battle for Africa. We just had to sit back and watch, with overwhelming awe, how God unfolded His miracle. Adesina won, Nigeria was vindicated, mother Africa’s continental integrity and unity were tremendously bouyed, humanity gained, good judgement prevailed and God was glorified in all these.
The course of the emancipation of Africa can never be more set as Dr Adesina’s priority for the next 5 years.
We wish you God’s speed and divine wisdom as He invigorates you and your team to liberate Africa from the shackles of socio-economic development stagnation and quagmire we have been enveloped in since the advent of slave trade, colonisation and post-colonial domination euphemistically couched as globalisation.
Our very best wishes to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (ayó di mèji), our dynamic, cerebral, active and strategic patriot.
Emeritus Professor Olugbemiro Jegede,
Immediate Past Secretary- General of the Association of African Universities (AAU).
1st September, 2020.