Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has given his backing to the head of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, in his re-election bid despite allegations of improper conduct.
Adesina has been accused of abuse of office by a whistleblower at the bank including favouritism in hiring Nigerians.
He has denied the allegation describing them as baseless.
However, the U.S. is demanding an independent investigation into the allegations.
Despite this, Buhari’s office in a statement on Tuesday, said: “Nigeria will stand solidly behind Dr Akinwumi Adesina in his bid to get re-elected as President of the African Development Bank.”
Adesina is seeking a second term as the President of AfDB.