President Muhammadu Buhari has just received the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, at the State House in Abuja.
Adesina came visiting for the first time after his re-election for a second term weeks ago.
He was inaugurated on September 1 after he beat strong opposition to his bid to occupy the seat for another term.
An elated Buhari congratulated Adesina, a former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
“I congratulate you on your second and final term in office. Congratulations on winning the election. Nothing succeeds like success.”
Buhari reminded Adesina it was his competence and success that made him to recommend him for another term.
He stated, “I have told so many people why I backed you…
“In 2015, at your first term, you were a Minister with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government, and I was of the All Progressives Congress (APC). But you are a good Nigerian.
“So I recommended you the first time. You proved to be competent, you made us proud, and I recommended you the second time.”
Buhari praised Adesina for his interest in pursuing the development of infrastructure in Africa.
In the case of Nigeria, Buhari noted that the country could do with Adesina’s support in roads, rail and power infrastructure development.
“There can’t be sustainable development without infrastructure. Our efforts should be seen in the context of lack of resources, but you do your best to support us. I wish you all the best in your final term”, the State House quoted him as saying.
Thanking Buhari and Nigerians for the support he received, Adesina said, “Home is where dreams are born. Home is where nurturing is provided. It is where support is given for realisation of dreams. I am glad to belong here…
“When I came in June, you received me, and I shared my successes, and the difficulties facing me. You listened, and said you would stand by me. And you did. You not only stood behind me, but also beside me. No greater honour for a man than for his Commander-in-Chief to be his Supporter-in-Chief, and his Defender-in-Chief.”
He added that Nigeria gave him air, “when I badly needed it in my lungs.”
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted his namesake as assuring Buhari that he would continue to assist Nigeria both as the AfDB boss and as a private person.