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Stop using my name to fight political battles — Okonjo-Iweala warns politicians


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Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has warned politicians in Nigeria against using her name and image to fight their battles.

The economic guru gave the warning while reacting to a report claiming that she kicked against the subsidy removal policy of President Bola Tinubu government and the subsequent increase in Nigeria’s debt profile.

A Facebook post had quoted the former minister of finance as saying, “Nigeria debt for the first time in history has risen to 24 trillion in just 2 months even after removing subsidy is something unbelievable.

“I call several time to help and advise but the current administration and cabals refuse to let me come in. How can you remove fuel subsidy with a debt of 24 trillion in 2 months.”

However, reacting to the post in a short statement, Dr Okonjo-Iweala described it as false.

She wrote, “THIS IS IMPORTANT- It appears that there are people in Nigeria trying to use my name and image on social media to fight battles on different sides of the political divide, putting words in my mouth that I never said.

“Therefore, I want to alert everyone that the message below is FAKE. This is a stern warning to all those trying to misuse my name for their political ends that I will continue to rebut any attempts to use my name and image falsely!”

She stressed the need for accurate information and urged the public to verify sources before believing and sharing content, especially on sensitive economic matters.


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