WTO: Buhari restates support for Okonjo-Iweala's ambition, promises to lobby world leaders

WTO: Buhari restates support for Okonjo-Iweala's ambition, promises to lobby world leaders

President Buhari has vowed that his government would ensure victory for Okonjo-Iweala

- The former minister of finance is one of the two candidates who scaled to the final

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The ambition of the former minister of finance and economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to become the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) got a boost on Monday, October 12, as President Muhammadu Buhari said the country would ensure she achieves her aim.

Legit.ng reports that the president gave the assurance when he received Okonjo-Iweala at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

He said she deserved more support to get the top job because of her profile and diligence in serving the country, and the world.

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The president, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Nigeria would explore every opportunity and deploy its entire energy to ensure that she becomes the WTO DG.

WTO: Buhari makes finally position on Okonjo-Iweala's aspiration

President Muhammadu Buhari and the former minister of finance and economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Credit: Twitter/PresidencyNGR and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
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President Buhari said:

“I assure you that we will do all that we can to ensure that you emerge as the director-general of WTO, not only because you are a Nigerian, but because you are a hardworking Nigerian. You deserve this.

He assured Okonjo-Iweala that he would make more phone calls, and send letters to some world leaders for more support.

Buhari added:

“I did the same for Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Both of you served the country under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). You are both highly qualified. We will continue to support you. I will immediately make those calls.

Speaking after the meeting with the president, Okonjo-Iweala, thanked Buhari and his ministers, particularly the ministers of foreign affairs, industry, trade and investment for supporting her staunchly.

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She noted:

“I feel very proud of Nigeria. I am getting so much support from you, Mr President, chief of staff, ministers of foreign affairs and ministers of industry, trade and investments.The ministers have been working round the clock to ensure that I succeed.

She asked the president to make “one final push within the week to beat the Koreans and bring this to Nigeria by sending a few letters and placing telephone calls to some world leaders, and also thank others for their support.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Okonjo-Iweala had a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

It was reported that Iweala was accompanied by the minister of industry, trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, and Zubair Dada, the minister of state for foreign affairs.

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