Attack from both Tinubu and Obi supporters shows depth Of Nigeria’s polarisation – Okonjo-Iweala

Attack from both Tinubu and Obi supporters shows depth Of Nigeria's polarisation - Okonjo-Iweala

Attack from both Tinubu and Obi supporters shows depth Of Nigeria’s polarisation – Okonjo-Iweala

Nigerians please relax! Re Paris, Interesting attacks from both sides. Sadly shows the depth of polarization in our society. I post photos in the order received by accompanying staff or colleagues. Reading more into it is unwarranted. Let’s unite to build our country not attack!

FCG reports that the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has lamented the level of disunity in Nigeria, describing the situation as sad.

FCG gathered from the WTO boss tweet via her verified Twitter handle on Saturday while debunking reports alleging that she snubbed Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, during the just-concluded Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris, France.

How It Started

Okonjo-Iweala had posted photographs with some participating African Presidents like that of Senegal, Macky Sall; South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema – at the Summit, which was also attended by President Tinubu.

Social media supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, Mr Peter Obi, hailed Okonjo-Iweala for purportedly snubbing Tinubu at the global event.

In reaction to this, FCG gathered that many netizens, who are supporters of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, otherwise known as ‘BATists’ began to fire what can be described as a counter salvo without finding out the veracity or otherwise of the claim that the former Nigeria’s Minister of Finace snubbed Tinubu at the Paris Summit.

They alleged that President Tinubu was deliberately cropped out of the photographs despite his attendance of the Summit convened by the French President, Emmanuel Macron.

But, amid the social media spat between the two groups of Nigerians occasioned by false claims and counter-claims, Okonjo-Iweala took to her verified Twitter handle again on Saturday evening to debunk the allegations against her.

She shared more photographs she took at the Summit with President Tinubu, Nigerian businessman Tony Elumelu and others, noting that photographs with other African Presidents earlier posted by her were done in the order she received them from her accompanying staff and colleagues at the event.

She, therefore, stated that ascribing any ulterior motive or meaning to her action (order of posting her photographs) was unnecessary and unwarranted even as she called for unity of purpose and cessation of further attacks by Nigerians.


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