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Buhari dares Trump as FG insists on Okonjo-Iwela for WTO top job

Buhari dares Trump as FG insists on Okonjo-Iwela for WTO top job

The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has assured that it remains committed to ensuring the emergence of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) despite opposition by the United States.

The US had on Wednesday declared it’s support for South Korea’s Yoo Myung-Hee despite despite the fact that majority of the voting delegates already threw their weight behind the former Nigeria”s Finance Minister.

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In a statement on Thursday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye, said Nigeria will engage relevant stakeholders to ensure US opposition does not affect Okonjo-Iwela’s victory come November 9th.

“The candidate from Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has secured the support of the majority of the member countries but is yet to be declared and returned the winner. This is because apart from winning the election, all the 164 Member States of WTO were expected to adopt the winner by consensus, in accordance with the rule of procedure,” he said.


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