WTO: Nigerians lambast US for opposing Okonjo-Iweala as consensus candidate

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Nigerians have taken to social media to blast administration for opposing Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as consensus candidate for the post of director- of the World Trade Organisation.


Many Nigerians had expressed delight when key WTO ambassadors led by New Zealand’ David Walker proposed Okonjo-Iweala as best candidate for job.

However, while most of 164 states that comprise WTO supported former Nigerian finance minister to take up the role, the delegation opposed the move, saying supported South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee instead.

Reacting, some Nigerians likened the opposition to that encountered by African Development Bank chief, Akinwumi Adesina, also faced intense hostility from Washington before his re-.

The breakthrough of Adesina, has, however, been a source of hope for many want the former World Bank director to become the first African and first female director- in the 25-year- history of the global trade organisation.

Popular journalist, Dele Momodu, said on a TV programme this morning, “ is very unfortunate. don’t know why the is always opposing Nigeria’ candidates but believe the other countries will stand up against the bullying of America.

“Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is of the brightest, only on the continent but in the world. look forward to congratulating her as soon as possible.”

@jeolaolarewaju also tweeted, “Even with America’ misconceived approach, she has the upper hand because she has shattered a couple of ceilings.”

@Dbest101 wrote, “If God be for you @NOIweala, no man, even @realDonaldTrump, can be against you.”


Noblemighty Njoku commented on Facebook, “Trump’s racism can’t be hidden nor his pure hatred for Africans.”

Akin Akinsehinwa stated, “The US should just let Nigeria be. The US made frantic efforts to block the re- of Dr Akinwumi Adeshina but God put to shame. The same God is still on His throne. So the US should expect another round of disgrace.”

Hephzibah Suobo wrote, “Is the WTO a property of country or all its members? She already had the majority of the votes out of 164 states. She can’t be stopped.”

The troika has concluded the third round of consultations and its decision marks an important step paving the way for Okonjo-Iweala to become both the first woman and the first African to head the organisation.

But the WTO’s 164 states still need to determine whether they will support her before their next Council meeting on November 9.