President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her emergence as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The President in a statement on Monday by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said her emergence has brought joy and more honor to Nigeria as a country.
The Buhari felicitation on Ngozi aged 66 who begins her tenure on 1st March 2021 opened the floodgate for a flurry of salutations from world bodies like OPEC, ECOWAS etc
Reacting to the development, an obviously elated President Buhari congratulated her and urged her to use her new position to reposition the WTO and serve humankind just as she’s been doing in the past.
He wished her well in the new endeavor.
The statement reads: “On behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with former Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her election as Director General of the World Trade Organization, bringing joy and more honor to the country.
As the Harvard-educated and renowned economist takes up another onerous task of service to the world and humanity, the President believes her track record of integrity, diligence and passion for development will continue to yield positive results and rewards to mankind.
President Buhari affirms that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, who over the years set major records of economic reforms in Nigeria as Minister of Finance, and later Minister of Foreign Affairs, will excel in her new position and validate the global mandate of repositioning and strengthening the multilateral institution for the greater good of all.
The President joins family, friends and colleagues in wishing Dr. Okonjo-Iweala well in her new endeavor.
Reports from across the African continent says it is celebration galore for the first Black, first woman and first African to head the International body.
Former American President, Donald Trump had blocked her earlier appointment for what diplomats said were flimsy and racist in nature for declaring her unfit for the post after a unanimous decision of all stakeholders had elected her.
President Buhari and his team of Diplomats went bank into their trenches and re-strategized which made Ngozi’s only opponent step down.