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World Trade Organisation : US endorsement of Okonjo-Iweala excites Nigeria, Africa —Buhari
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , on Saturday , welcomed the pronouncement of the Office of the United States Trade Representative , signifying withdrawal of the country ’s objection to the emergence of Dr . Ngozi Okonjo -Iweala as Director -General of the World Trade Organisation .
He said Nigeria and Africa were happy about this new position of the United States , which he said , signified a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between the continent and the US under Joe Biden ’s administration .
Buhari made his position known in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Garba Shehu , titled , ‘President Buhari welcomes US acceptance of Okonjo -Iweala ’ s imminent WTO leadership ’.
Shehu quoted Buhari as saying , “ We certainly welcome the decision of the new US administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Dr . Okonjo -Iweala to becoming the first female and the first person of African descent to lead the organisation .
“ Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new US position , which signifies a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between our continent and the United States under the Biden administration .
“ Today , we see that the United States stands with Nigeria and Africa with the acceptance of our widely respected citizen , Okonjo -Iweala to lead the WTO . We look forward to working very closely with the new U .S administration on this and all issues of common interests , especially in such areas as accelerated economic growth , fight against terrorism and deepening progress on development issues .’’