President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed 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 World Trade Organization, WTO.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says President Buhari is delighted with the decision of the new U.S 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 organization.

It notes that the decision signifies a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between Africa continent and the United States under the Biden administration.

The statement says Nigeria now sees that the United States stands with Africa with the acceptance of Nigeria’s widely respected citizen, Okonjo-Iweala, to lead the WTO.

It says Nigeria looks 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.


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