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Buhari assures Okonjo-Iweala that country will postpone until it leaves WTO DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala that the Federal Government will do everything in its power to ensure that she becomes Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) while the country pushes until she win.

According to a statement from the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari made the promise while receiving Okonjo-Iweala at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, October 12, 2020.

Nigerian candidate Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-Hee are the two remaining candidates, who were selected in the third and final round of the selection process to choose who will lead trade organization.

Whoever comes out of the 2 candidates will become the first woman to lead the 25-year-old organization.

In the statement titled Press well, push until you win, assures President Buhari Okonjo-Iweala, Buhari told Okonjo-Iweala that she deserved more support to get the top spot because of her profile and zeal to serve the country and the world.

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The president said, I assure you that we will do everything we can to ensure that you emerge as the Director-General of the WTO, not only because you are Nigerian, but because you are a Nigerian worker. You deserve it.

He assured Okonjo-Iweala that he would make more phone calls and send letters to some world leaders for more support.

He said, I did the same for Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina for President of the African Development Bank. Both of you have served the country under the People’s Democratic Party. You are both very skilled. We will continue to support you. I will make those calls immediately. “


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In her response, Okonjo-Iweala thanked the President and his ministers, especially the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, for their firm support.

She said, I feel very proud of Nigeria. I am receiving so much support from you, Mr. President, Chief of Staff, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment. Ministers have worked all the time to ensure that I succeed.

The former Minister of Finance also commended the ECOWAS leaders for their approval, citing in particular the outstanding contributions of President Mahamadou Issoufou of the Republic of Nigeria and the former President of ECOWAS as well as President Alhassan Quattara of Cote dIvoire.

She urged the President to make one last push within the week to beat the Koreans and bring this to Nigeria by sending some letters and making phone calls to some world leaders, and also thanked others for their support.

She said it is proud of her place with the president smiling in their faces.

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