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President Muhammad has approved the nomination of Nigeria's former two-term Minister of Finance and current Chairperson of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The election is scheduled to hold in Geneva, Switzerland in 2021 for a four-year term that would run from 2021 to 2025 after former Dg of the organisation, Roberto Azevedo, stepped down a year to the end of his second term.


A document obtained by @vigil360 showed that the Federal Government withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Fredrick Agah, Nigeria's permanent representative to WTO, for the position.


"The embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and permanent mission to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa p[resent compliments to all embassies and permanent missions in Addis Ababa and has the honour to inform that the Federal Government of Nigeria has withdrawn the candidacy of Ambassador Yonov Fredrick Agah for the election to the position of director-general of the World trade Organisation.


Nigeria is therefore please request the support of esteemed AU member States as well as permanent missions and embassies in Addis Ababa in favour of the candidacy of Okonjo-Iweala."


Okonjo-Iweala is a former managing director of operations at the World Bank. She currently sits on the board of Twitter.

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