- Nigeria's former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has alerted the public about those who falsely attribute comments to her on social media
- Okonjo-Iweala in a statement on Sunday, August 8, threatened legal action against those who use her name for the advertisement of events
- According to her media adviser, these efforts by faceless people are seeking to make the WTO DG a tool of an agenda they are pursuing
The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has raised an alarm over the use of her name for the advertisement of events she has no knowledge about.
Nigeria’s former minister of finance made the disclosure in a statement through her media adviser, Paul Nwabuikwu on Sunday, August 8, Vanguard reports.
According to the WTO boss, the practice which has been intensified lately on online platforms as well as WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media is being carried out by mischievous people.
Desist or be sued
While urging those involved to desist, Okonjo-Iweala noted that she would be forced to consider legal actions against them if the practice continued.
The statement reads in part:
“For instance, her name has recently been used to advertise all kinds of public events without any prior discussion or permission.
“These actions are clearly wrong and her office has had to respond to enquiries on issues and events that she knows nothing about."
Okonjo-Iweala: My life was threatened over ghost workers, oil subsidy scam
Earlier, the WTO director-general revealed the extent to which people tried to silence her when she was reforming the country as a finance minister during the administration of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
According to her, she was threatened for saving Nigeria huge sums of money from the oil subsidy scam.
She disclosed this while speaking during an interview organised by Atlantic Council, a United States think-tank on international affairs.
Okonjo-Iweala revealed that during Obasanjo’s administration, she worked to ensure renegotiation of Nigeria’s debt in the international community, pointing out the Paris Club debt.