WTO: Buhari Assured Of Europe’s Support For Okonjo-Iweala

WTO: Buhari Assured Of Europe’s Support For Okonjo-Iweala

- Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization is gaining momentum by the day

- From the home front, President Muhammadu Buhari is pulling his weight to ensure the former Nigerian minister clinches the job

- The president is meeting with major stakeholders to ensure Okonjo-Iweala's victory is assured

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The European Council has reaffirmed its support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in her bid to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Mr. Charles Michel, president of the council, reiterated its support in a video conference held with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, October 30.

WTO: Buhari Assured Of Europe’s Support For Okonjo-Iweala
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is getting massive support from the Nigerian presidency. Photo credit: @wef
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President Buhari thanked the European Council for its support for Nigeria’s candidate.

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President Buhari also expressed appreciation to Mr. Michel for expected positive developments on the issues.

Earlier, the European Union backed Okonjo-Iweala's bid with the 27 EU-member states endorsing the former Nigerian finance and foreign affairs minister.

Okonjo-Iweala had also won the goodwill of a group of Caribbean and Pacific States as well as others from Asia.

Meanwhile, Aliko Dangote, one of Africa's richest business mogul, has declared his support for Okonjo-Iweala in the race.

Dangote believes that the WTO needs a professional with proven international records like Okonjo-Iweala at its helm of affairs.

The Nigerian tycoon endorsed the former minister for the envied position on his verified Twitter page on Tuesday, September 1.

Similarly, a former prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Gordon Brown, has lent his support to Okonjo-Iweala, arguing that she is just the right person for the job.

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Brown argued that the former Nigerian finance and foreign minister has produced positive results even in the toughest of jobs across the world and is, therefore, fit for the much-contested position.

Also, the minority leader of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, has lent his support for Okonjo-Iweala's candidacy.

In his submission during plenary in the green chambers recently, Elumele stated that Okonjo-Iweala is very qualified for the position.

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