The World Trade Organization (WTO) has appointed former Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the new director-general.
Her appointment came after the WTO had a special general council meeting on Monday.
The 66-year-old has becomes the first woman to ever lead the Switzerland-based institution and the first African citizen to take on the role.
US President Joe Biden strongly swung behind her candidacy shortly after the only other remain remaining contender, South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee, pulled out.
President Muhammadu Buhari, also, on a number of occasions shown his support for Okonjo-Iweala getting the role has taken to social media to felicitate with her.
In a statement released by the President’s media aide, Garba Shehu, the President said, “On behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President @MBuhari warmly felicitates with former Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr @NOIweala on her election as Director General of the World Trade Organisation @wto, bringing joy and more honour to the country.”