By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
Apparently to consolidate on the backing of her home country for vacant post of the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Monday paid a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Presidential Villa Abuja.
Okonjo-Iweala arrived the President’s office accompanied by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; his Minister of State, Maryam Katagum, and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubair Dada.
The Nigerian- born highly respected Economist is running to become the WTO Director General and has already emerged as one of the final two candidates for the election.
The other candidate is a serving South Korean cabinet minister.
Although her visit to the Presidential Villa may not be unconnected with the WTO election, President Buhari has since expressed his support and that of his administration for Okonjo-Iweala in her efforts to clinch the WTO plump post.