Okonjo-Iweala disowns WhatsApp message of bringing investors to Nigeria using Tinubu’s policies

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has dissociated herself from a post circulating on WhatsApp which the originators claim came from her.

Describing the message as fake, the WTO boss said in an X post on Friday that the public should not take seriously messages circulating on WhatsApp purportedly from her.

Part of the fake WhatsApp message reads, “I am bringing investors to Nigeria using the president’s commendable policies as a bait. Is that too difficult to understand? President Tinubu’s reforms might be harsh now they would birth a new and prosperous nation…”

Okonjo-Iweala described the message as a “bad example” to use social media, stating that manufacturers of such misleading information “will not succeed”.

Her post read: “It’s been brought to my attention that another fake message has been manufactured and is being forwarded on WhatsApp in my name. I want to make clear that this fake message is not from me. I am pleased that those who know me instantly recognized this as fake.

“Thanks to friends who brought this to my attention. Please be aware that I do not use WhatsApp broadcasts, thus anything forwarded to you purporting to be a WhatsApp message from me is FAKE. This is a bad example of the use of social media. I want to warn those in the business of manufacturing FAKE messages, that they will not succeed.”