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Okonjo-Iweala: Buhari Calls EU President



President Muhammadu Buhari

Ganiyat Ganiyu

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday held a video conference with President of the European Council, Mr Charles Michel, during which the latter reiterated Europe’s support for Nigeria’s Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, WTO.

The President is leading Nigeria’s charge for Okonjo-Iweala, the country’s former Minister of Finance, to emerge as the first Black and female WTO DG.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Friday said the President thanked the European Council for its support for Nigeria’s candidate.

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The statement added that issues bordering on debt relief for Africa, EU-African relations and recharge of the Lake Chad, which has currently shrunk to less than one-third of its usual size, and throwing about 130 million people who depend on the Lake into dire straits were also discussed at the conference.

Recharge of the Lake Chad is an issue the Nigerian President had vigorously canvassed at diverse global fora in recent time.

President Buhari expressed appreciation to Mr Michel for expected positive developments on the issues.

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