The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ), on Monday assured former Minister of Finance and Economy , Ngozi Okonjo – Iweala , that he would do all within his power to ensure that she became the Director – General of World Trade Organisation .
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Garba Shehu , the President made the promise while receiving Okonjo – Iweala at the Presidential Villa , Abuja .
The statement was titled “ We ’ ll push , push until you win , President Buhari assures Okonjo – Iweala . ”
The former minister and South Korea ’ s Yoo Myung- Hee are the two remaining candidates contesting for the top position of the multilateral institution.
According to the statement , Buhari told the former minister that she deserves more support to get the top job because of her profile and diligence in serving the country and the world.
“ I assure you that we will do all that we can to ensure that you emerge as the Director -General of WTO , not only because you are a Nigerian , but because you are a hardworking Nigerian . You deserve this , ” the President was quoted as saying .
He was also said to have assured Okonjo -Iweala that he would make more phone calls and send letters to some world leaders for more support .
“ I did the same for Dr Akinwunmi Adesina for President of the African Development Bank .
“ Both of you served the country under the Peoples Democratic Party . You are both highly qualified . We will continue to support you . I will immediately make those calls , ” the President said