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He looks presidential: Nigerians tip Akin Adesina for 2023 presidency after photo op with world leaders at G7


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He looks presidential, that was the prominent phrase some Nigerians have used to describe the President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, after photos of him with some world leaders at the G7 meeting in France emerged on the internet on Monday.

The G7 which used to be G8 before the ejection of Russia five years ago over its annexation of Crimea, is an organisation of major industrialised democracies consisting of seven nations – US, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Japan and Italy

Adesina, a former Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria and some African leaders were seen at the weekend meeting of the G7 leaders in Biarritz, France.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Egypt President Abdel Sisi were also in attendance. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was not at the event, he had travelled to Japan during the weekend to attend a conference.

At the meeting, the G7 leaders approved a package totalling $251 million in support of the African Development Bank’s AFAWA initiative to support women entrepreneurs in Africa.

Photos of Adesina with the G7 leaders emerged on the internet on Monday and Nigerians are gushing over it, while also taunting Buhari for not attending the meeting.

In one of the viral photos which are currently melting hearts on social media, Adesina was seen placing his hand on the shoulder of  US President Donald Trump indicating that they were having a tete-a-tete.

In another photo, he was seen in the company of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel alongside other African leaders like Paul Kagame.

The emergence of the photos on social media has sparked 2023 presidential debate on Twitter as many have been tipping him as a good ‘presidential material’ to succeed Buhari as it is expected that power will be zoned to the south in the next presidential election.

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