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World Trade Organisation: Buhari Takes Stand On Okonjo-Iweala

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President Muhammadu Buhari has given his total support to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as she strives to become the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In a meeting that held on Monday, October 12, Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, the President assured the former Minister of Finance and Economy of his utmost support for her ambition, adding that the country would ensure she achieves her aim.

President Buhari during the meeting said Okonjo-Iweala deserved more support to get the top job because of her profile and diligence in serving the country, and the world.

A statement issued by the President’s 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 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.

Further, he said: “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.

“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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