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Why I Can’t Run For Nigeria President Now, Says AfDB President, Adesina

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has given reasons why he cannot contest for the office of the president of Nigeria.

According to the former Nigerian Agriculture Minister, his current responsibilities at this time do not allow him to be considered.

“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development,” he said.

There have been calls for Adesina to join the presidential race ahead of the 2023 elections.

Some groups had reportedly purchased and submitted the nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his behalf of Adesina.

But in a statement issued on Tuesday, the AfDB president said he is not running for president.

“I have been extremely humbled by several calls from Nigerians at home and abroad that I should consider running for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Adesina said.

“I am very touched by all who have gone to great extent, with such huge sacrifices, of their own volition, to consider me worthy to be proposed for potential consideration.

“The coalition groups of youth, women, farmers, physically challenged and well meaning Nigerians that have done this have expressed their genuine free will, political right, freedom of expression and association for my consideration, with the interest of Nigeria at heart.

“While I am deeply honored, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to be considered.

“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.

“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa,” he said.

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