Okonjo-Iweala thanks Buhari as US backs her for WTO

Former Minister of Finance and Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians for their unflinching support for her race to become the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been seven other candidates to emerge the most preferred candidate for the much-coveted office, gaining the support of the US government on Friday.

The former Managing Director of the World Bank while expressing her gratitude to the US also congratulated Yoo Mhung-Hee of Rep. Korea for “a hard fought campaign”.

“Grateful for the expression of support from the US today for DG WTO. Congratulations to Madam Yoo of Rep. Korea for a hard fought campaign,” she tweeted.

“Thank You President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians for your unflinching support. Thank you friends. Love to my family. Glory to God.”

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari in June, 2020 withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Frederick Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the office of the DG.

This was faced with opposition from Egypt, but Buhari emphasised his support for the two-time minister of finance, stating that he would make calls to world leaders to support her.

“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,’’ Buhari had said.

“I did the same for Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina for President of the African Development Bank. Both of you served the country under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). You are both highly qualified.”

Okonjo-Iweala currently chairs the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), a public-private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.


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