Okonjo-Iweala asks Trump not to leave WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria’s candidate to head the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has urged US President Donald Trump, or his successor, not to leave the Geneva-based body in a press briefing on Wednesday, saying that reforms were possible.

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“Don’t leave now: let’s fix what needs fixing,” Okonjo-Iweala said in response to a question about her message to the current president or any future US president.

The former Nigeria finance minister is one of eight candidates competing to become the trade watchdog’s next leader and has been taking questions from the WTO’s 164 members in Geneva this week.

Meanwhile, governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have thrown their weights behind Okonjo-Iweala.

PGF chairman and Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu, enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to rally other Africa leaders behind the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala in the interest of the country.

The governors say the world would be more united with the 66-year-old leading the WTO.