Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s push for WTO’s top job as Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election foretold

  1. As former Finance Minister and Coordinator of the economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has positioned herself as an “outsider who offers comprehensive skills and experience needed to shake [the WTO] up,” so will many experienced and successful professionals and non-career politicians with eye on the presidency in 2023, position themselves as outsiders with “comprehensive skills and experience needed to shake [Nigeria] up”
  2. Former Finance Minister and Coordinator of the economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s aspiration to become Director General of World Trade Organization comes at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions just as many experienced and successful professionals and non-career politicians aspiring to take Nigeria’s top job in 2023, acknowledge Nigeria’s version of heightened geopolitical tensions.
  3. As there are those who are discounting Ngozi Okonjo Iweala’s formidable pedigree, insisting on politics as the primary consideration for clinching the top job, so will there be those who will discount the pedigree of the many experienced and successful professionals and non-career politicians aspiring to take Nigeria’s top job in 2023
  4. Just as the announcement that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an American citizen raised not a few eyebrows in China, considering the United States – China ongoing faceoff, so will the associations or otherwise of the many experienced and successful professionals and non-career politicians come under intense scrutiny, outcomes of which will have measured impact on the elections
  5. As Ngozi Okonjo Iweala expressed faith in the power of lobbying by hiring Mercury Public Affairs of Washington to build support for her with the critical stakeholders so will many experienced and successful professionals and non-career politicians hire proven lobbyists who can swing their interests among the critical stakeholders. But
  6. Will Ngozi Okonjo Iweala use the next 18months as DG of the WTO as dress rehearsal for coming back home to lead the push of who occupies Aso Rock after President Buhari in 2023?
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