Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity has said the Nigerian government will continue to work hard in ensuring Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala becomes the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s candidate in the WTO DG process, is the recommended candidate to secure the seat.
But the United States preferred South Korea’s trade minister, Yoo Myung-hee, saying the WTO needs reform and must be “led by someone with real, hands-on experience in the field”.
WTO had initially scheduled November 9 for a general council meeting to choose a new DG as a consensus is needed among its members.
However, the trade organization has postponed the meeting indefinitely.
While speaking on Sunday Politics, a Channels TV programme, Mr Shehu said the president has been reaching out to world leaders on the issue.
“President Buhari has been talking to all world leaders, at some point, Ngozi had a list of those to be talked to, so President Buhari talked to them, some to thank for being so strong in their support, some may be to be encouraged to firm up their support for her candidacy and we are seeing the result of this, ” Shehu said.
Shehu made it known that the President Buhari had reached out to President Donald Trump over Iweala’s candidacy, though he had not been briefed about the outcome of the discussion.
He pronounced that the government will augment its efforts in ensuring the former finance minister secures the post.