President Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian Government will not relent until Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerges the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The President gave the assurance in a tweet on Friday following a video conference with the President of the European Council, Mr Charles Michel.
He thanked the council for its support for Dr Okonjo-Iweala – Nigeria’s candidate for the position of the director-general of the global trade organisation.
Today I held a video conference with the President of the European Council, Mr Charles Michel. I thanked the Council for its support for @NOIweala, Nigeria’s candidate for position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation. We will not relent until the goal is achieved.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 30, 2020
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that the council president reiterated the support of Europe for Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the next WTO chief.
According to Adesina, the President is leading Nigeria’s charge for Okonjo-Iweala – the country’s former Minister of Finance – to emerge as the first black and female to occupy the office.
The third and final round of the selection process of the Director-General of the WTO was concluded on Tuesday, and the result was formally announced the following day.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala secured the support of the majority of the member countries according to the result announced, but she was 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 a winner by consensus, in accordance with the rule of procedure of the WTO.
The former finance minister had also secured cross-regional backing, with only the United States opposing the consensus.
However, a meeting of the General Council of the WTO has been scheduled for November 9, for the final decision on the election process.
The Nigerian Government promised to continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure that the lofty aspiration of Dr Okonjo-Iweala to lead the WTO was realised.