Okonjo-Iweala: Buhari Solicits More Support from World Leaders

As the race for who becomes the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) heats up, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, held a video conference with Mr Charles Michel, President of the European Council, to solicit more support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Buhari has been leading Nigeria’s charge for Okonjo-Iweala, the country’s former Minister of Finance, to emerge as the first Black and female WTO DG.

A statement released by President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, indicated that during the conversation, the President of the European Council reiterated Europe’s support for Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

On his part, President Buhari, thanked the European Council for its support for Dr. Okonjo-Iweala.

The two leaders according to the statement had also discussed other issues bordering on relations between the European Union and African countries, debt relief for Africa and the lake Chad Basin.

It reads in part, “Also discussed during the conference were issues bordering on debt relief for Africa, EU-African relations and recharge of the Lake Chad, which has currently shrunk to less than one-third of its usual size, and throwing about 130 million people who depend on the Lake into dire straits.

“Recharge of the Lake Chad is an issue the Nigerian President had vigorously canvassed at diverse global fora in recent time,” the statement explained.

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