May 6, 2021

Buhari Appreciates US Govt For Backing Okonjo-Iweala As WTO Next DG:

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appreciated the new President of the United States, Joe Biden for accepting the appointment of former Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-general of the World Trade Organization.

In a short statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) on Saturday February 6, 2021, according to the statement, “President Muhammadu Buhari welcomes pronouncement of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, signifying withdrawal of the country’s objection to the emergence of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director General of World Trade Organization, WTO.

“We certainly welcome the decision of the new U.S administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to becoming the first female and the first person of African descent to lead the organization,” said the President.

“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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