The Ministry of Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr Amina Mohamed has suffered a blow after her opponent for the leadership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) received a crucial endorsement from Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister. In a tweet on Tuesday, Clark touted the leadership skills of the Nigerian candidate Professor Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, saying that the WTO was badly in need of them. The former prime minister, who is now serving as an administrator at the United Nations, said that the multilateral trade body needs somebody who can bring member States together.
"World needs a functioning multilateral trade organisation. @WTO needs new DG w/ leadership skills to bring diverse nations together 2 resolve obstacles 2 completing a trade round & reform the organisation. @NOIweala leadership skills are badly needed there, " the former New Zealand prime minister wrote on Twitter.
Professor Ngozi Okonjo Iweala was quick to express her gratitude for the resounding endorsement from Helen Clark. "Thank You so much @HelenClarkNZ for your faith in my ability to Work with @WTO members to move the organization forward. @WTO is needed now more than ever to help the Multilateral Trading System work for all, " the Nigerian candidate wrote on her verified Twitter handle.
A screenshot of a tweet by Nigerian candidate for the leadership of the WTO expressing her gratitude for an endorsement from the former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark. [Source/ Courtesy]
The development comes just weeks after Kenya's leading intellectual Peter Loch Otieno Lumumba endorsed the Nigerian candidate at the expense of Dr Amina Mohamed. Scores of Kenyans took umbrage at the move by the University of Nairobi don. Lumumba held the view that Iweala stands out among the candidates and urged African countries to rally behind her.
Iweala is widely seen as the strongest contender for the WTO job given her connections, years working for global institutions under her belt, and her academic credentials. She served as the Minister of Finance and Foreign Affairs under the President Buhari administration.
The Nigerian candidate for the leadership of the World Trade Organisation WTO Professor Ngozi Okonjo Iweala. [Source/ Courtesy]
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