Director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday distanced herself from a statement credited to her about receiving threats after her meeting with President Bola Tinubu in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mrs Okonjo-Iweala visited Tinubu in an unofficial capacity.
Part of the fake statement reads: “I keep receiving toxic calls and messages regarding my meeting with the president yesterday, and from those I hold in very high esteem.
“Honestly, I am shocked at the contents of the messages and the tone of the callers. Has Nigeria sunk this low? A visit I made for the good of our dear nation is what they are using to threaten my life and family!”
“I have lost count of presidents, respected Institutions and investors that have called to congratulate me on Nigeria eventually having a focused leader since the reforms were rolled out. At least, six multi national manufacturing giants are coming with me by December later this year to see how their firms can have factories here.
“It’s all part of my contributions to the progress of Nigeria. I am not a politician. I only desire the best for my dear country. It informed my visit to president Tinubu. The world has accepted him as our president, like it or not. May God heal us,” said the fake statement.
In a message by her media adviser Paul Nwabuikwu, Okonjo-Iweala said, “The statement is false. It is not from Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.”