Okonjo-Iweala: Buhari in video conference with President of European council


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday held a video conference with Mr Charles Michel, President of the European Council, during which the latter reiterated Europe’s support for Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi 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 WTO DG.”

Adesina said President Buhari thanked the European Council for its support for Nigeria’s candidate.

He said President Buhari also discussed issues bordering on debt relief for Africa, EU-African relations and recharge of the Lake Chad, which had currently shrunk to less than one-third of its usual size, and throwing about 130 million people who depended on the Lake into dire straits during the conference.

Recharge of the Lake Chad is an issue the Nigerian President had vigorously canvassed at diverse global fora in recent times.

President Buhari expressed appreciation to Mr Michel for expected positive developments on the issues.

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