Buhari hails US endorsement of Okonjo-Iweala for WTO top job


Following the endorsement of Okonjo Iweala for the WTO top job, President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the decision, describing it as welcome decision.

After the endorsement, Mr Buhari said Nigeria is “looking forward to working very closely” with the Joe Biden administration on “issues of common interests”.

Former Nigeria finance minister Okonjo-Iweala, on Friday, gained the support of the US after emerging as the sole candidate for the position.

Reacting to the development, Buhari said the coast is now clear for Okonjo-Iweala to get the job.

“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,” the president was quoted to have said in a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman.

“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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