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Nigerians have taken to the social media to blast the President Donald Trump administration for opposing Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the consensus candidate for the post of director-general of the World Trade Organization.

Many Nigerians had expressed delight when key WTO ambassadors led by New Zealand’s Ambassador, David Walker, proposed Okonjo-Iweala as the best candidate for the job.

However, while most of the 164 member states that comprise the WTO supported the former Nigerian finance minister to take up the role, the US delegation opposed the move, saying it supported South Korean Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee instead.

Reacting, some Nigerians likened the US opposition to that encountered by African Development Bank chief, Akinwumi Adesina, who also faced intense hostility from Washington before his re-election.

The breakthrough of Adesina, has, however, been a source of hope for many who want the former World Bank director to become the first African and first female director-general in the 25-year-old history of the global trade organization.

But the WTO’s 164 member states still need to determine whether they will support her before their next General Council meeting on November 9.

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