President Muhammadu Buhari has held a virtual meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, over the candidature of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.
Okonjo-Iweala, who was Nigeria’s former finance minister, is the leading candidate for the position, but her candidature is being opposed by the U.S. which is supporting her South Korean opponent.
Okonjo-Iweala already secured the backing of most countries including blocs like the European Union and the African Union.
The U.S. rejection of Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature is stopping moves to adopt her as a consensus winner of the election, with an announcement on the winner billed for next month.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, said the EU Council President reiterated Europe’s support for Okonjo-Iweala.
Also discussed during the virtual meeting 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, throwing about 130 million people who depend on the Lake into dire situation.