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Nigeria Will Press The Right Buttons For Okonjo-Iweala’s Emergence As WTO DG – Presidency



Garba Shehu and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The Presidency has assured that Nigeria will do all it can to ensure Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former finance minister, emerged as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, gave the assurance during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, on Sunday.

Shehu stated that no stone will be left unturned by the government as Okonjo-Iweala moves to make history as first African to hold the position of DG of the trade organisation.

“President Buhari has been talking to all world leaders, at some point, Ngozi had a list of those to be talked to, so President Buhari talked to them, some to thank for being so strong in their support, some may be to be encouraged to firm up their support for her candidacy and we are seeing the result of this,” he said.

The President Media Aide was, however, not certain if Buhari had recently spoken to President Donald Trump regarding Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy, but noted that the Buhari-led government is determined to see that she (Okonjo-Iweala) will be the first African to clinch the DG position at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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