President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about the new United States administration’s endorsement of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the preferred candidate for the Director-General position of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Former US administration under Donald Trump preferred South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee but a change in administration turned things around for Okonjo-Iweala.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the President Joe Biden’s administration through the United States Trade Representative released a statement on Friday endorsing the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala.
Buhari appreciated Biden for endorsing Okonjo-Iweala who is set to become the first female and African to head the 25-year-old organisation.
In a statement issued on Friday, Buhari said that the endorsement signifies an important turnaround in the relations between Africa and the US.
Buhari said, “We welcome the decision of the new U.S administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to becoming the first female and the first person of African descent to lead the WTO.
“Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new U.S 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.”