The British Broadcasting Commission, BBC May have bitten more than what they could chew,
after describing the newly re-elected African Development Bank, AFDB President, Akinwunmi Adesina
as a “Flamboyant NIGERIA Banker”
Akinwunmi Adesina was again re-elected as the Bank’s president for the 5th time in a row on Thursday, August 27th
He was electd with a 100percent vote during a virtual Annual General Meeting held by the bank yesterday
After his re-election yesterday, BBC did a report
and on its headline, describes him as a ”Flamboyant Nigerian banker”.
Nigerians believe the word ”Flamboyant” was use so as to portray Adesina in a bad light.
They however took to the comment section of the post on Twitter, to bash BBC
and also suggests other words that could have been used to describe him.
Although there has been no further statement from the BBC, but with this call out, we expect a statement from them shortly
Meanwhile Adesina’s re-election almost suffered a setback
after some staff of the bank, in January 2020, accused him of breaching 20 of the bank’s code of conduct,
including “unethical conduct, private gain, an impediment to efficiency,
preferential treatment, and involvement in political activities”.
Furthermore the United States Department of Treasury even requested an independent investigation into allegations leveled against Adesina.
Perhaps all these are what BBC put into consideration before structuring their headline
But Adesina who was also a one-time Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria denied the allegations
and an investigation panel cleared him of all the allegations.
Hence the caption by BBC is not in any way right
Meanwhile see tweets of Nigerians calling out BBC below;