Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organisation, has reacted after receiving attacks for allegedly cropping President Bola Ahmed Tinubu from a photograph she posted from a leadership summit in Paris, France.
Okonjo-Iweala had on Friday, June 23, 2023, posted a photograph where President Bola Tinubu was alleged to have been cropped out.
Tinubu attended the summit for ‘A New Global Financing Pact’ convened by the French President, Emmanuel Macron.
The summit afforded Tinubu the opportunity of projecting, on a global stage, his advocacy for widening the fiscal space, economic justice for Africa as the world accelerates the pace of energy transition, and the urgency of addressing the pressing issues of poverty and climate change.
The photographs generated controversies among Nigerians especially between supporters of both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peter Obi (Obidients)
Obidients had claimed Mrs Okonjo-Iweala snubbed Mr Tinubu at the summit, while APC/Tinubu supporters said Mrs Okonjo-Iweala shared her photo with Mr Tinubu to counter the opposition’s stance.
Reacting to the development in a tweet on Saturday evening, Okonjo-Iweala wondered why APC and Obidients trolls had read many meanings into her photos, lamenting how polarised Nigeria is.
“Nigerians, please relax! Re Paris, Interesting attacks from both sides. Sadly shows the depth of polarisation 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!,” she tweeted.