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Nigerian Government Should Immortalize Patrick Lumumba For Picking Dr. Iweala{Opinion}

Nigerian Government Should Immortalize Patrick Lumumba For Picking Dr, Iweala{Opinion}

Lumumba declared that “Okonjo-Iweala is the candidate we (Africa) should back, given her credentials,” insisting that she is the most qualified African for the World Trade Organisation top job.

In spite of the fact that his countrywoman, Ms. Amina Mohamed, is also gunning for the job he still said Okonjo-Iweala is the better candidate — based on credentials

His declaration came as the African Union (AU) made frantic efforts to produce a consensus African candidate for the WTO top job.

Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan lawyer who served as the director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission.

Speaking during an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Lumumba said Africans have a way of competing against each other rather than complementing each other.

The Kenyan lawyer pointed out that Africans lack the coordination that would have enabled them to speak with one voice where it mattered most

 “Recently when we were competing for the non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council, Djibouti was competing with Kenya. Why?

“Right now, there is the WTO; Okonjo-Iweala is the candidate we should back, given her credentials. Now, a Kenyan candidate has emerged, an Egyptian candidate has emerged — we are going to be manipulated and none of the Africans is going to get it.

“We’ve got to learn to do things properly as a continent. And when we do that, we’ll be stronger and ultimately, our populations would benefit from it.”

There are eight candidates for the WTO top job — and three of them are from Africa.

See names of candidates below:

1.    Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria – specialist in development economics/former Minister of Finance and of Foreign Affairs and World Bank employee

2.    Ms. Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea – Minister of Trade/specialist in international trade

3.    Ms. Amina C. Mohamed Jibril of Kenya – current Government Minister/ former Permanent Representative to the WTO and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

4.    Dr. Jesús Seade Kuri of Mexico – Diplomat/International trade specialist (GATT/WTO)

5.    Mr. Tudor Ulianovschi of Moldova – Politician/Diplomat – former Permanent Representative to WTO

6.    Mr. Mohammed Maziad Al-Tuwaijri of Saudi Arabia – Banker/Politician

7.    Mr. Abdul-Hameed Mamdouh of Egypt – lawyer/diplomat – former WTO Secretariat employee

8.    Dr. Liam Fox of the United Kingdom – Medical Doctor/Politician/Diplomat – former Secretary (Minister) of International Trade.

Who is Patrick Lumumba?

His full name is Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba (born 17 July 1962) is a Kenyan who served as the Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011.[2] Since 2014, Lumumba is the Director of The Kenya School of Laws.[3] An eloquent lawyer, Lumumba holds a PhD in Laws of the sea from the University of Ghent in Belgium. Lumumba is also a staunch Pan-Africanist and has delivered several powerful speeches alluding to or about African solutions to African problems.

He is an admirer of Patrice Lumumba and Thomas Sankara, the assassinated revolutionary leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burkina Faso, respectively. Lumumba has referred to and quoted them several times in his speeches. Lumumba is also remembered for his emotion-laden and energetic speech in Uganda at the third Anti-Corruption Convention. On August 28, 2015, the PAV Ansah Foundation invited Lumumba to speak at the 2015 PAVA Forum on Good Governance and tiop, Whither Africa?

Why should Nigerian Government immortalize Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba?

To immortalize someone means to make someone or something so famous that that person or thing is remembered for a very long time. You don’t have to wait until they’ve gone away to appreciate their good deeds.

What Patrick Lumumba did for Nigeria is really a notable act which should never go un-noticed. He has made a huge sacrifice to step down his own country’s candidate for our own Dr. Okonjo Iweala not minding the consequences or backlashes he is going to face back home from his people.

This goes a long way to show the love he has for Nigerians'. He believed in us and saw a great potential in us .

I read some peoples comment from different social media claiming that he did that because Dr. Iweala stands a higher chance of winning based on her qualifications. Truth be told, when it comes to politics, anything can happen, with your money qualification does not matter.

He would have done the same to rig the post for his own country but he choose not to. (Great Sacrifice).Some country would go extra miles to make sure their candidate wins.

I drop my pen here, more updates later.

Kindly appreciate Patrick Lumumba in the comment section.

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