President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday held a video conference with Mr Charles Michel, President of the European Council, reiterating 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 woman WTO DG.
Buhari thanked the European Council for its support for Nigeria’s candidate and expressed appreciation to Mr Michel for expected positive developments on the issues, Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said in a statement obtained by Persecondnews.
Also discussed during the conference were 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.
Recharge of the Lake Chad is an issue the Nigerian President had vigorously canvassed at diverse global fora in recent time.