WTO: Nigerians blast US for opposing Okonjo-Iweala
Nigerians have taken to the social media to blast the President Donald Trump administration for opposing Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala because the consensus candidate for the submit of director-general of the World Commerce Organisation.
Many Nigerians had expressed delight when key WTO ambassadors led by New Zealand’s Ambassador David Walker proposed Okonjo-Iweala as the perfect candidate for the job.
Nonetheless, whereas a lot of the 164 member states that comprise the WTO supported the previous Nigerian finance minister to take up the function, the US delegation opposed the transfer, saying it supported South Korean Commerce Minister Yoo Myung-hee as a substitute.
Reacting, some Nigerians likened the US opposition to that encountered by African Growth Financial institution chief, Akinwumi Adesina, who additionally confronted intense hostility from Washington earlier than his re-election.
The breakthrough of Adesina, has, nonetheless, been a supply of hope for a lot of who need the previous World Financial institution director to grow to be the primary African and first feminine director-general within the 25-year-old historical past of the worldwide commerce organisation.
Well-liked journalist, Dele Momodu, mentioned on a TV programme this morning, “It is extremely unlucky. I don’t know why the US is at all times opposing Nigeria’s candidates however I consider the opposite international locations will rise up in opposition to the bullying of America.
“Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is likely one of the brightest, not solely on the continent however on the planet. I look ahead to congratulating her as quickly as doable.”
@jeolaolarewaju additionally tweeted, “Even with America’s misconceived method, she has the higher hand as a result of she has shattered a few ceilings.”
@Dbest101 wrote, “If God be for you @NOIweala, no man, not even @realDonaldTrump, might be in opposition to you.”
Noblemighty Njoku commented on Fb, “Trump’s racism can’t be hidden nor his pure hatred for Africans.”
Akin Akinsehinwa said, “The US ought to simply let Nigeria be. The US made frantic efforts to dam the re-election of Dr Akinwumi Adeshina however God put it to disgrace. The identical God continues to be on His throne. So the US ought to count on one other spherical of shame.”
Hephzibah Suobo wrote, “Is the WTO a property of 1 nation or all its members? She already had the vast majority of the votes out of 164 states. She will be able to’t be stopped.”
The troika has concluded the third spherical of consultations and its choice marks an necessary step paving the best way for Okonjo-Iweala to grow to be each the primary lady and the primary African to move the organisation.
However the WTO’s 164 member states nonetheless want to find out whether or not they may assist her earlier than their subsequent Common Council assembly on November 9.
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