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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Reacts to False Claims of Threats Following Meeting with Bola Tinubu

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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Reacts to False Claims of Threats Following Meeting with Bola Tinubu
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has refuted false claims of receiving threats after meeting with President Bola Tinubu in Nigeria. She dismissed the viral statement circulating on WhatsApp as false and the work of mischief makers. Okonjo-Iweala reassured Nigerians that the claim was fabricated and should be disregarded.

The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has dismissed false claims circulating on WhatsApp regarding her visit to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. On Wednesday, August 9, Okonjo-Iweala took to her Twitter page to clarify the situation and debunk the viral statement.

She described the statement, which stated that she was being attacked for her visit to President Tinubu and receiving threats, as false and wickedly designed to create mischief among Nigerians. Okonjo-Iweala urged people to disregard the circulating statement as it had no truth behind it.

The former Nigerian Minister of Finance expressed disappointment in the fake news and acknowledged that the people responsible for spreading it were well known. While misleading information can cause harm, Okonjo-Iweala emphasized the importance of addressing misinformation promptly.

Several Nigerians responded to the issue on Twitter, expressing their support and sympathies for Dr. Okonjo-Iweala. Many condemned the actions of those behind the false claims and wished for them to be held accountable.

The purpose of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala's visit to Nigeria was to discuss how the country could benefit more from the activities of the WTO. The meeting with President Bola Tinubu, which took place on Tuesday, August 8, focused on finding solutions to mitigate rising costs of living and removing petrol subsidies that adversely affected Nigerians.

During the meeting at the presidential villa, various strategies were proposed to alleviate the challenges faced by Nigerians, particularly in trade and manufacturing. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala highlighted the WTO's collaboration with Nigerian women in these areas and expressed her commitment to fostering the growth and development of Nigeria.

As Nigeria's Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2006 and 2011 to 2015, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala played a significant role in managing the country's finances. Her appointment as the Director-General of the WTO in March 2021 made her the first woman and the first African to hold the prestigious position.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala's swift response to clarify the false claims demonstrates her dedication to transparency and accountability. Her commitment to serving Nigeria's interests and ensuring its people benefit from international trade activities remains unwavering.

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