Buhari expresses excitement at US’s endorsement of Okonjo-Iweala for WTO job

Buhari expresses excitement at US’s endorsement of Okonjo-Iweala for WTO job

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, February 6, praised the pronouncement of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, which signified the withdrawal of the country’s objection to the emergence of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Buhari stated that this decision signified a shift and an important turnaround in the relations; between the continent and the US under Joe Biden’s administration.

This was contained in a statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, ‘President Buhari welcomes US acceptance of Okonjo-Iweala’s imminent WTO leadership’.

Buhari said, “We certainly welcome the decision of the new US administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to becoming the first female; and also the first person of African descent to lead the organisation.

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“Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new US 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 as well as deepening progress on development issues.’’

Meanwhile, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, February 5; bemoaned that the efforts of the Federal Government in tackling the insecurity in the country have not been good enough.

However, Fayemi stated that the current situation was better than what was obtainable under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

During a media briefing, the governor noted that with the recent appointment of new service chiefs; he was hopeful that the war would be won; especially as it tends to boost the morale of the troops on the battlefield.

The country had been engulfed in insecurity problems, through which many lives have been lost. Apart from the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, there have been banditry; kidnappings; as well as armed robberies in different parts of the country.


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