President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the United States President Joe Biden, whose administration recently endorsed Former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of Director General, World Trade Organization (WTO).
In a tweet on Saturday, Buhari described the Biden’s administration’s attitude towards the country and Africa at large as one that will ensure positive development for the region.
He also noted that if Okonjo-Iweala is eventually appointed as WTO DG, it would break limits in world records.
“We welcome the decision of the new U.S administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of @NOIweala 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,” he stated.
Furthermore, he assured that his administration would explore all measures to strengthen bilateral relations with the U.S., at such a time as this.
“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,” he added.
Recall that the U.S. Government under former president Donald Trump had refused to support Okonjo-Iweala.
This caused delay in the process of determining the new WTO DG.
But the situation has now changed under Biden administration.
On her part, the former finance minister had promised to give her best in the management of WTO when she eventually gets appointed.