Buhari pledges to rally global support for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged to rally global support for the former minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Okonjo-Iweala is one of the two contestants who made it to the final stage of the race for the New Director-General of the World Trade Organization.
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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged to rally global support for the former minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Okonjo-Iweala is one of the two contestants who made it to the final stage of the race for the New Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

The President made the statement while welcoming the WTO candidate, Okonjo-Iweala to the State House on Monday. He added that Nigeria would channel its energy into ensuring that she becomes the next Director-General of the WTO.

"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", the President said.

Buhari further gave Okonjo-Iweala the assurance that he would make phone calls and send out letters to some world leaders seeking their support.

"I did the same for Dr Akinwumi 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. We will continue to support you. I will immediately make those calls", Buhari said.

Dr Okonjo-Iweala, in her remark, thanked the president and his misters for their strong support.

"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 around the clock to ensure that I succeed", she said.

She further urged 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".

"Mr President put a smile on my face. I am very proud of the country", she added.

Clacified reported last week that Okonjo-Iweala emerged one of the potential candidates for the position of the WTO Director-General as she made it to the final round of the race.

She made the final list alongside a fellow female candidate, Myung-hee, South Korea's trade minister.

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