WTO DG, Okonjo-Iweala condemns spate of fake news, warns against misuse of name on political, other issues

The Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has condemned the wrongful attributions of sundry issues to her name and the dissemination of same on online and social media platforms.

In a statement on Sunday, Paul Nwabuikwu, Media Adviser to the former Minister of Finance, disclosed that the “invented comments on political and other issues falsely attributed to Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are being disseminated on online platforms as well as on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media.

The statement added that “these efforts are obviously directed at mischief-making as the faceless people behind them are seeking to make Dr Okonjo-Iweala a tool of whatever agenda they are pursuing.

“The fake comments are part of a long-standing pattern of misusing Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s which has increased in recent times.

“For instance, her name has recently been used to advertise all kinds of public events without any prior discussion or permission.

“These actions are clearly wrong and her office has had to respond to enquiries on issues and events that she knows nothing about.

“We urge the persons or groups responsible to desist from their unethical and illegal activities as Dr Okonjo-Iweala may be forced to explore legal options to stop the misuse of her name”, Nwabuikwu advised.

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