Buhari To US: Your Decision To Back Okonjo-Iweala Is Appreciated


Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has appreciated the US backing of ex finance minister and world bank chief, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for the position of director general (DG) at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Buhari in a letter of appreciation posted on his Facebook page on Sunday afternoon, said he looked forward to working with the new US government in the areas of security, economic growth among others.

The Precision NG reports that Dr Okonjo-Iweala is now in a good stead to becoming the new head at WTO, after her Korean counterpart stepped down from the race.

The US government under Donald Trump had in November, 2020 vetoed the popular decision of the WTO council members that backed the ex Nigerian minister as the new DG of the organization.

Read below Mr Buhari’s full letter:

We welcome the decision of the new U.S administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to becoming the first female and the first person of African descent to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new U.S position, which signifies a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between our continent and the United States under the Biden administration.

Today, we see that the United States stands with Nigeria and Africa with the acceptance of our widely respected citizen, Okonjo-Iweala, to lead the WTO.

We look forward to working very closely with the new U.S administration on this and all issues of common interests, especially in such areas as accelerated economic growth, fight against terrorism and deepening progress on development issues.

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