Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the current Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and former Nigeria’s Finance Minister, has distanced herself from a letter circulating on social media that falsely claimed she had been threatened after a recent meeting with President Bola Tinubu.
The meeting between Okonjo-Iweala and Tinubu took place at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday. Notably, this was the second encounter between the two leaders since President Tinubu assumed office on May 29.
In a statement following the meeting, Okonjo-Iweala clarified that her visit to Tinubu was not conducted in her capacity as the WTO DG.
Shortly after their meeting, a letter purportedly authored by Okonjo-Iweala began circulating on social media platforms, particularly WhatsApp. The fabricated letter depicted Okonjo-Iweala expressing distress over alleged “toxic” communications she claimed to have received, stemming from her visit to the president.
“A visit I made for the good of our dear nation is what they are using to threaten my life and family. You don’t recognise someone as your president yet begging him to save you from the hands of killers in your region,” the viral letter reads.
Reacting to the letter, Okonjo-Iweala, in a Twitter post on Wednesday, said the statement was “falsely designed” to create mischief among Nigerians.
“It has just been brought to my attention that there is a false statement circulating on WhatsApp attributed to me saying that I am being attacked for my visit to President Tinubu,” she wrote.
“That statement circulating is false, in fact wickedly designed to create mischief among Nigerians. Please disregard the statement.”
By disowning the deceptive letter, Okonjo-Iweala aims to clarify her stance on the matter and dispel any misconceptions arising from the misleading content. The incident underscores the potential risks of misinformation and the importance of verifying sources before drawing conclusions from such communications.