President Muhammadu Buhari has described the appointment of Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as well earned despite the support from home.
The President spoke on Monday when he hosted Dr Okonjo-Iweala at the State House in Abuja.
He said: “You also earned it. We are happy you made it, but you earned it with your record of performance both at home and abroad.”
The President’s remarks were contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
According to him, Dr Okonjo-Iweala was putting Nigeria more on the world map “and I congratulate you, as well as the country. I know you will represent us so well.”
The new WTO DG thanked President Buhari for the pulsating support she received from her country in the race for the position.
“You nominated me, you wrote hundreds of letters, called up hundreds of world leaders.
“Without your personal and direct intervention, it may not have worked. The people of Nigeria also supported me massively.
“The youths were wonderful, always encouraging, backing me up on social media.
“Mr President, the world recognizes what you have done. Since its establishment, only men have led the WTO.
“Now, a woman has emerged for the first time, and she’s a Nigerian. We are so honoured,” Dr Okonjo-Iweala said.