Nigerian president thrilled, thanks Biden administration for backing Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for WTO Director

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday thanked the Biden administration for backing Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian minister of finance, to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In a statement received by Today News Africa in Washington DC, Mr. Garba Shehu, a Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian leader said “President Muhammadu Buhari welcomes pronouncement of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, signifying withdrawal of the country’s objection to the emergence of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director General of World Trade Organization, WTO.”

Shehu quoted Mr. Buhari as saying: “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.”

“Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new U.S 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 and deepening progress on development issues.’’

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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