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WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by dre11(m): 6:08am On Jun 07
President Muhammadu Buhari´s decision to substitute Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria´s candidate in the race for the prestigious position of Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has stoked a combination of issues.

The nomination of the former Managing Director of the World Bank, who served previous Nigerian governments as Minister of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, by the Buhari administration elicited much reactions from Nigerians.

Observers described the development as positive signal that the President has turned a new leave in spreading his net to all nooks and crannies.

Others said credit for the meritorious nomination of NOI for the global post by President Buhari should go to the recently appointed Chief of Staff to the president, Prof. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, who has a prolonged international exposure in the diplomatic circles.

However, the greatest ripples of the new thinking in Abuja reverberated in the international community, where one of the three countries fielding candidates for the election of next WTO DG, Egypt, has cried foul over Nigeria´s choice.

Citing effluxion, the passing of time for the nomination of candidates, the North African country said Nigeria should not substitute its candidate after the Ministerial Committee on candidacies for the election has raised a shortlist of three endorsed candidates.

But experts dismissed Egypt´s position on the grounds that the country, which has Abdulhameed Mamdouh, alongside Eloi Laourou of Republic du Benin and Agah as the three candidates earlier endorsed by the African Union (AU), did not acknowledge that interested countries have till July 8, 2020 to make nominations.

In a letter dated June 4, 2020, President Buhari had, through the Nigerian Embassy and Permanent Mission, communicated the AU and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) of Nigeria´s decision to replace Agah with Okonjo-Iweala.

Surprised by the tactical move to withdraw Agah´s candidacy for the former World Bank MD, the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in a communication No. 081/2020-AU, dated June 5, 2020, informed the Permanent Missions of the WTO member states on the Ministerial Committee on Candidatures that Nigeria has forfeited its opportunity to contest for the position of DG.

In the memo, copy of which it sent to the African Union Commission (Commissioner of Political Affairs/Office of Legal Counsel), Egypt contended hat by virtue of Executive Council decision EX.CL/December.1090 (XXXVI), it is obvious that three candidates from Republic du Benin, Egypt and Nigeria, have been endorsed by the Executive Council to contest the position.

It therefore argued that by withdrawing its candidate on the list to make a substitution, Nigeria has infringed on the nomination process and no longer eligible to participate.

It would be recalled that two weeks ago, precisely on May 20, 2020, the chairman of WTO General Council, New Zealand´s Mr. David Walker, had told member countries that while the selection process for the organisation´s D-G will begin formally on June 8, 2020, nominations would close on July 8, 2020.

According to Walker, a consolidated list of all candidates would be issued to members, adding that since “candidates cannot run without being nominated by their government, during the first month of the selection period, member states would nominate candidates who are interested in the position.”

He also pointed out that at the close of the nomination period, part of the official procedures would be for the candidates to be invited to meet with members at a special General Council meeting, for an interaction session to enable them present their views and take questions from the members.

As Egypt was said to be mounting intense lobby to have Laourou of Republic du Benin withdraw so that it could field its national, Mamdouh, as consensus candidate, how does that affect Nigeria´s nomination process?

An International Communication and Development Expert, Dr. Arthur-Martins Aginam, said Nigeria understood that the situation called for leveraging of influence in the impending international competition and decided to focus on clout.

Aginam, who is also a Lecturer at the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Baze University, Abuja, said what is playing is very simple; stressing that although Egypt felt that Nigeria would sit back with the erroneous belief that Mr. Agah, being a deputy Director General, would be in a better position to clinch the post.

Aginam stated: “The Director General is not a routine succession issue like in some organisations, where the Deputy Director General automatically becomes the DG. The issue therefore is that Egypt is afraid, scared, more like.

“And Nigeria understood the fact even though the DDG may be an accomplished diplomat; he is a light weight in global politics. People don’t really know about him. It is about influence and leveraging your influence, because it is an international competition.

“As such with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, given her antecedents and what she has accomplished, whether as Managing Director of World Bank and all the things has done; even with the global vaccine project, she has that international massive stature compared to anyone else and she stands a brighter chance if she is Nigeria´s candidate, to clinch the position of WTO DG.”

The International Development expert said that Nigeria did the right thing based on the fact that all countries of the world would be voting, so, it was better to nominate a solid candidate with global presence.

“So Egypt is afraid, because they know it is going to be very difficult for whichever candidate they bring up to actually stand any chance against NOI,” Aginam noted, remarking that Egypt was acting out of fear and nothing against the process.

Although supplanting Adah from Middle Belt with Southeast´s Okonjo-Iweala presented another dilemma, it is possible that the dictates of competitive advantage for international visibility trumped sub-national considerations.

Aginam said the development should be viewed from the perspective that Okonjo-Iweala´s nomination was a tactical move by Nigeria to brighten its prospects.

“Adah is accomplished in his own right and expertise, but at the end of the day, it is not so much about your expertise, it is also about the stature of the candidate, given the geopolitics and everything that gets involved,” he stated.
BUT contrary to impressions that the FG may have settled for NOI solely to brighten Nigeria’s chances, a former diplomatic attaché confirmed to The Guardian that the initiative came from the U.S.

He recalled how Egypt used the tenure of Boutrus Ghali to allegedly pursue some interests inimical to that of the U.S., explaining that the Americans were wary of Egypt’s lobby to emerge as consensus candidate.

“So, the U.S. didn’t want to see a helpless situation that could undermine the diversity of choice.

“Nigeria is highly favoured to clinch the post and our allies felt we should emerge with a stronger candidate that can command global respect”, he said.
https://m.guardian.ng/news/wto-dg-president-buharis-tactical-change-and-egypts-ambush/

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Redoil: 6:11am On Jun 07
I am still wondering how bubu drop this woman of vast knowledge and connection from his cabinet and with the help and support of Lagos ibadan expressway journalist who demoted her and promote kemi adeosun.

now let us juxtapos both of them. where is kemi adeosun and where is okonjo iweala?

okonjo iweala helping to solve Nigeria and fix Nigeria problem.

Fulanis under the auspices of Yoruba people have finished Nigeria.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by JosEast(m): 6:13am On Jun 07
Good development

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by tayebest(m): 6:22am On Jun 07
E be things!

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Gandollar(f): 6:36am On Jun 07
Of course NOI stands a better chance than the others, but now OP says America was involved in her emergence as Nigeria's candidate but failed to explain how that happened.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Gandollar(f): 6:38am On Jun 07
tayebest:
E be things!
Baba I think you are on the wrong thread o cheesy

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Gandollar(f): 6:41am On Jun 07
Redoil:
I am still wondering how bubu drop this woman of vast knowledge and connection from his cabinet and with the help and support of Lagos ibadan expressway journalist who demoted her and promote kemi adeosun.

now let us juxtapos both of them. where is kemi adeosun and where is okonjo iweala?

okonjo iweala helping to solve Nigeria and fix Nigeria problem.

Fulanis under the auspices of Yoruba people have finished Nigeria.
Was she ever in buharis cabinet?
She made it clear then when asked if she could serve the buhari regime if invited, that it would be a NO

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by aremuforlife(m): 6:42am On Jun 07
[/quote][quote author=Redoil post=90393538]I am still wondering how bubu drop this woman of vast knowledge and connection from his cabinet and with the help and support of Lagos ibadan expressway journalist who demoted her and promote kemi adeosun.

now let us juxtapos both of them. where is kemi adeosun and where is okonjo iweala?

okonjo iweala helping to solve Nigeria and fix Nigeria problem.

Fulanis under the auspices of Yoruba people have finished Nigeria.
How has she solved Nigeria problems? Kemi Adeosun has shown her worth while in office, and we can attest to her performanc. She was just a victim of political witch hunt.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by tayebest(m): 6:42am On Jun 07
Gandollar:
Baba I think you are on the wrong thread o cheesy
shocked

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Jakemedg(m): 6:56am On Jun 07
If Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has the backing of Nigeria for the post of WTO DG Egypt should do same by backing its own and not trying to lobby for other candidates to withdraw from same post

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by seunmsg(m): 7:01am On Jun 07

But experts dismissed Egypt´s position on the grounds that the country, which has Abdulhameed Mamdouh, alongside Eloi Laourou of Republic du Benin and Agah as the three candidates earlier endorsed by the African Union (AU), did not acknowledge that interested countries have till July 8, 2020 to make nominations.

When I read about Egypt’s rejection of her nomination, I was a little bit worried thinking Nigeria might have shoot herself in the foot. It’s good to see that Egypt is only making empty noise all over the place. International law and trade experts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wouldn’t have advised the president to withdraw Agah and replace with Okonjo-Iweala if the window for such replacement had closed.

It will be a thing of pride if the Buhari administration can successfully pull this through. Having a Nigerian as the DG of the WTO for the very first time will be a big deal. A Nigerian is currently the president of the UN general assembly, Adesina is the president of AfDB and Amina Mohammed is the deputy Secretary General of the UN. If we successfully add WTO, it shows that Nigeria is now pulling her weight in the international community.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by FlordFlorez(m): 7:16am On Jun 07
The Egyptians we see today, we shall see them nomore.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Racoon(m): 7:26am On Jun 07
Egypt is simply rattled by this development because they thought they have pulled it off.Remember the politics involved when Boutros Boutros-Ghali became the UN sec gen in the 90s.

This is global politics where you just have to put forth your best bet to have a chance of negotiating better economic benefits to the continent.NOI have so much of such exposure anyday and anywhere than these other contestants.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Racoon(m): 7:29am On Jun 07
aremuforlife:
How has she solved Nigeria problems? Kemi Adeosun has shown her worth while in office, and we can attest to her performanc.She was just a victim of political witch hunt.
You must be joking.I give it to Madam Kemi on the SEC reforms but on the economy, it was absolutely zero.The present Hadiza of a woman have compounded it.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Redoil: 7:32am On Jun 07
aremuforlife:

How has she solved Nigeria problems? Kemi Adeosun has shown her worth while in office, and we can attest to her performanc. She was just a victim of political witch hunt.
continue deceiving your self

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Kingspin(m): 7:33am On Jun 07
Now time for merit you remember NOI and others.

You for bring in another Yakubu

Over-sense should not kill Nigeria

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by redcliff: 8:20am On Jun 07
Redoil:
I am still wondering how bubu drop this woman of vast knowledge and connection from his cabinet and with the help and support of Lagos ibadan expressway journalist who demoted her and promote kemi adeosun.

now let us juxtapos both of them. where is kemi adeosun and where is okonjo iweala?

okonjo iweala helping to solve Nigeria and fix Nigeria problem.

Fulanis under the auspices of Yoruba people have finished Nigeria.

lmao. under the auspices... una no go finish person

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by TreasureTayo(m): 8:21am On Jun 07
ok
Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Dangrace01: 8:21am On Jun 07
Ok

So it's true that Egypt want that position badly. Should Nigeria show brotherly love and give them. I don't know sha.

What I know is one thing for sure

I sell mad cars check profile. Happy Sunday and God bless you

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by GoodBook: 8:22am On Jun 07
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala is simply the best for this job, sentiments aside.

We should as a matter of necessity put away all differences and present this woman to the world as a united Africa. She is good at what she does.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by ForeThinker: 8:23am On Jun 07
Every lover could be brought to trial as the murderer of his own love.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by SEGLIZ: 8:24am On Jun 07
events as it unfold.
Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Jabioro: 8:25am On Jun 07
Which new leaves,is because non of his kinsmen ..have no such economy records otherwise bubu would have preferred his thumb finger ...

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Elove1: 8:25am On Jun 07
Say no to tribalism

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by bigtt76(f): 8:26am On Jun 07
I will never understand the clamor for regional representation in Nigeria. The deputy DG is from middle belt... What has he attracted to the middle belt from WTO? Same with others in various positions in government - how has their being there benefitted their state or regions? I would love to know.

Appointments should be done based on competence and not sentiments.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Azmanaty: 8:26am On Jun 07
redcliff:


lmao. under the auspices... una no go finish person

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Karlifate: 8:27am On Jun 07
Nominations will close on July 8, 2020. Egypt is scared of NOI.

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by paulolee(m): 8:27am On Jun 07
maybe am not supposed to comment because i gat no idea abt the topic and cant read it because am inside church and not interested...
visited a new church close to the place and i noticed new changes in the church caused by covid, the washing hand measures outside d church and the small spacing between sits, but the most important thing i observed was the little number of people going out to put offerings and sow seeds, am serious nobody even went out when tithe payers were asked to come out for prayers....this post covid era no go easy o.....and also on my way home one J.W family jus de follow me wey hungry wan kee say dm wan know my ous, i jus told them am not stayin around and that am a Muslim and they should forget the fact that am holding a bible that a friend forgot it at my place bt they still insist dt i collect that thier paper...naija eeh

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Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by money121(m): 8:27am On Jun 07
Ok
Re: WTO DG: President Buhari’s Tactical Change And Egypt’s Ambush by Nobody: 8:27am On Jun 07
I just hope okonjo uses this opportunity to redeem her self and clear all the bad names Goodluck Jonathan regime brought upon her

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