The African Diaspora Congress (ADC) says the United States is “jostling for power in Africa” by “unduly interfering” in the leadership of the African Development Bank (AfDB)a>
The statement was jointly signed by its Secretary-General, Prof. Apollos Nwauwa, and Public Relations Officer, Dr Isabelle Kemajou-Brown.
“Unfortunately, the US has not accepted this outcome because it is not helpful to its quest to remove Adesina from office.
“Under which statute of the bank is the United States revisiting a matter which has been resolved in a transparent manner and in line with the bank’s existing procedures and policies?” it queried.
It argued that the United States lacked the authority to lord it over African countries that owned 60 per cent of the bank’s shares.
ADC said the move against Adesina was part of attempts by some non-regional members of the bank to frustrate his re-election in spite of his “achievements and impressive leadership” at the bank.
“Also, Adesina has, through his leadership, raised the bank’s transparency standing to position four among 45 comparable global bilateral and multilateral institutions.
“In less than five years, under Adesina’s leadership, the bank’s investments have benefitted and impacted more than 333 million Africans,” it said.
“Therefore, the ADC joins all Africans, Africans in Diaspora, the 6th Region and all friends of Africans and the AfDB in signing this petition as a protest against undue US meddling in African affairs.
“Moreover, the ADC urges the United States Government to take its hands off Africa and to let President Adesina be.
“Africans demand a breathing space from non-regional powers. Neocolonialism is outdated!” It said.
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