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“You served Nigeria diligently, you are a hardworking Nigerian and highly qualified. I will push, push until you win” – Buhari assures Dr. Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Minister of Finance and Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured former Minister of Finance, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that he would do everything within his power to ensure she emerges the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Buhari noted that he is supporting Dr. Okonjo-Iweala not just because she is a Nigerian, but because she is a hardworking Nigeria and she deserves to lead the WTO.

According to Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement titled, “We’ll push, push until you win, President Buhari assures Okonjo-Iweala,” Buhari said that the former Finance Minister deserves the top job because of her profile and diligence in serving Nigeria and the world.

“I assure you that we will do all that we can to ensure that you emerge as the Director-General of WTO, not only because you are a Nigerian, but because you are a hardworking Nigerian. You deserve this,” the President was quoted as saying.

He further told Dr. Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala that he would make more phone calls and send more letters to world leaders, adding that he did the same for Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina.

“I did the same for Dr Akinwunmi Adesina for President of the African Development Bank.

“Both of you served the country under the Peoples Democratic Party. You are both highly qualified. We will continue to support you. I will immediately make those calls,” the President said.

President Muhammadu Buhari and former Minister of Finance and Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
President Muhammadu Buhari and former Minister of Finance and Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Dr. Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala in her statement thanked President Buhari for the support to ensure she succeeds.

“I feel very proud of Nigeria. I am getting so much support from you, Mr President, Chief of Staff, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investments. The ministers have been working around the clock to ensure that I succeed,” she was quoted as saying.

She also expressed gratitude to ECOWAS leaders for their endorsement, particularly the contributions of President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic and immediate past Chairman of ECOWAS as well as President Alhassan Quattara of Cote d’Ivoire.

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