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Adesina:  A man of honour

Adesina: A man of honour



Segun Samson

A cultural metamorphosis is gradually unfolding in international politics, there is an unprecedented awakening in Africa, the era of colonial mentality and ‘white worship’, where African leaders put their personal gain above national interest is gradually coming to a close.


Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the president of African Development Bank falls into this category of leaders. Dr Adesina is highly educated to heaven, a brilliant, wonderful mind; a visionary who is not only full of ideas but know how to turn them into reality. His trails, past and present, is full of enviable achievements that will intimidate anyone by every standard. His sin against America is his love for Africa.


Over the past five years, Dr Adesina has taken the Bank to great heights. In 2020, Dr Adesina led the Bank to achieve a historic general capital increase, raising the capital of the Bank from $93 billion to $208 billion, an increase of $155 billion, the highest in the history of the Bank since its establishment in 1964. The Bank also successfully raised funds from donor countries of over $7 billion for the African Development Fund 15th replenishment for low-income countries, an increase of 35%.


Under Dr Adesina ‘s leadership the Bank launched the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) to mobilize massive flows of capital to Africa, while the inaugural launch of the AIF held in Johannesburg, South Africa, secured 38.7 Billion of investment interests within less than 72 hours. At the MP event held in 2019, Dr Adesina secured $40.1 billion of investment interest in less than 72 hours. Africa has never seen these kinds of financial and investment interests.


Dr Adesina has effectively positioned the bank as an effective global institution, ranked 4th globally in terms of transparency among 45 multilateral and bilateral institutions by Publish What You Fund, an outfit that consists of 19 developed economies.


In the words of Nigeria’s two time president, General Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr Adesina led the Bank to successfully launch at the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, the Ammative Finance Action for Women (AFAWA) to mobilize $3 billion for women businesses and entrepreneurs in Africa, with strong support and resources from G7 leaders and nations.


The narrative, as we heard in the news was that Dr Adesina has not been accused of graft or embezzlement or for impropriety in office. He was accused of violating the bank’s code of ethics. One of the sixteen frivolous accusations levied against him is that Dr Adesina led AfDB is approving loans ‘too quickly’ to African countries.


He is also accused of bringing ‘his associates’ into the organisation. But then, on foot of this US orchestrated melodrama, the internal mechanism of the bank was explored to investigate the allegations and they were all found to be baseless, Dr Adesina was found to be innocent and was exonerated of all the sixteen preposterous charges.


However, the Americans are not done yet, they started to speak in tongues, they wanted a private investigation (by the way, private means American), even against bank rules, and they want Dr Adesina to step aside while this illegal investigation is ongoing. And now the main beef, they want to change the rules, they want to have a veto power in an African bank. The Americans want to be in control of African development!


The real issue is that at this tail end of his first tenure, Dr Adesina sent jitters down the spine of the financial world by lifting AfDB to be at par with financial bodies like IMF and the World Bank. What will happen if African countries stop borrowing money from the West? That is the beef?


Talking about leadership, can you compare the integrity of American president Donald Trump to Dr Adesina’s? Donald Trump employed his daughter, his son and even his son in law to work with him in the White house; has the Americans investigated that? The US president was accused severally for groping women and even sleeping with prostitutes. He is still in the white house; the Americans have not asked him to step aside.


The Saudi Crown Prince, an American ally, who ‘allegedly’ butchered Jamal Khashoggi in cold blood in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey is still in power, the Americans didn’t asked him to step aside, instead they supplied him with $50 billion worth of Arms to keep bombing his southern neighbour.


Morality? American concept of morality is the lynching and killing of her black males for over 400 years. Every now and then, we see people of colour gunned down mercilessly in broad daylight on the streets of America by the police.


Thousands of innocent males of African descent are languishing in jails for offences they didn’t commit. Some are often release 30 years or so after with an apology. I came across the story of a young African American man who was sent to jail because a white woman ‘dreamt’ that he raped her. That is the US definition of morality for Africans.


America sees every man of African descent as a threat and indeed, their regimes are after every black male on planet earth.


The policy of America and western European nations is to ensure that African countries never present their best to the position of leadership. The few who have strayed to that position are either killed or violently overthrown.


Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Thomas Sankara of Bourkina Faso, Milton Obote of Uganda, Mohamer Ghadafi of Libya, William Tolbert of Liberia, Samora Machel of Mozambique and many others. Even the Mandiba spend 28 years in jail for daring to have a head on his shoulder. Its all about white supremacy.


The policy of the west is always is to install a puppet in African countries, and their choice is always a half baked individual, a yes man who can do their bidding so that they continue to plunder African resources. Their favourites are people like Idi Amin Dada, Mobutu Sese Seko, Samuel Doe, Blaise Compaore etc.


That game is now over, Africans has now copped on. Why did they kill Ghadaffi? He created a beautiful country with a per capital income better than that of Europe, a country where everyone had his own house, where there is no tax, where nobody is poor. What is left of Libya today? They destroyed it.


The real reason why Ghadaffi had to be removed was his satellite project which allowed Africans to make free telephone calls to every part of the world. This was costing Europe about $500 billions a year, so they did something about him, using the so called Arab Springs as cover.


In Zimbabwe, they were unable to control Robert Mugabe, who genuinely wants to embark on a land reform policy for equitable land ownership. Can you have a country where 10% of the population is sitting on 80% of the land? Mugabe tried to do something about it, so they blocked him. The new president of zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has continued in the same noble path, and the imperialist have also blocked him.


In Nigeria, the Brits made sure that neither Obafemi Awolowo nor Nnamdi Azikiwe ever got to the ‘throne’, they would rather have the likes of Shehu Shagari or even Sanni Abacha. When another egg head, MKO Abiola dared to bambozoo their political machinery, they made sure that Babangida never allowed him to occupy Aso Villa.


Reason? MKO was an advocate of reparation for Africa on foot of the slave trade where millions of Africans were illegally and cruelly shipped to the Americas and sold as slaves to work on sugar cane and cotton plantations. And when MKO would not go away quietly, the American consulate, led by Susan Rice (former US Ambassador to the UN) at the time, served him a cup of coffee which eventually ended his life. End of story.


Of recent, Zimbabwean born medical doctor, Arikana Chihombori, the former AU ambassador to the US was fired from her post because she exposed France’s treachery towards African francophone countries.


France is forcing her former colonies to keep 50% of their money in Paris, and when these countries needs to draw money for their development, France lends it to them at an interest. France is lending them their own money. These African countries have over €100 trillion in a Paris Bank which should have been used for their country’s development.


Arikana also revealed how the World Bank/IMF is charging African countries 9% interests on loans but charging European countries about 2%. After these disclosures, which were never denied, she was fired from her job.


Also of recent, the EU added some four African nations to their blacklist; the reason given is that they ‘pose financial risks to the European Union due to anti-money laundering and terrorism financing shortfalls.’


These four countries are – Botswana, Ghana, Mauritius and Zimbabwe. Four wonderful countries with good leaders who put the interest of their countries above that of the colonialist. Can anyone in their right minds say that Ghana or Mauritius or Zimbabwe or Botswana is financing terrorism? How is that?


This imperialist game in Africa is over a long time ago. Africans have copped on big time. Gone are those days when Africans support the imperialists against our own flesh and blood, deceived by their divide and rule tactics. That is not going to happen again. It is a different ball game now; as Emeka Ojukwu once said, ‘ we will not let you play rugby on our football field.’


Dr Adesina has not done anything wrong; nothing has been proved, and nothing will be proved. He hasn’t done it. Simplicita!.

The Machiavellic agenda of these global players is far beyond curtailing his marvelous work at AfDB. The real plot is to impugn his integrity and personally damage his character and prevent this charismatic personality from ever being able to take any other office either in Africa or elsewhere.


In many quarters, Dr Akinwumi Adesina is seen as a key player in Africa’s future, indeed a future African president, the kind of leader who is likely to lead the black race into the land of promise. We stand with him, the whole of Africa stands with him. Wherever he is, we will be there, standing right beside him!


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