Okonjo-Iweala Disowns WhatsApp Message

Esther Oluku

The Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has debunked allegations that a post circulating on WhatsApp originated from her, stating that she does not use the WhatsApp Broadcast feature.

Describing the message as fake, the WTO boss on her official X handle, urged members of the public to desist from relying on information circulating on WhatsApp purportedly originated from her.

She described the message as a “bad example” to use social media, stating that manufacturers of such misleading information “will not succeed”.
Her post read: “It’s been brought to my attention that another fake message has been manufactured and is being forwarded on WhatsApp in my name. I want to make clear that this fake message is not from me. I am pleased that those who know me instantly recognized this as fake.

“Thanks to friends who brought this to my attention. Please be aware that I do not use WhatsApp broadcasts, thus anything forwarded to you purporting to be a WhatsApp message from me is FAKE. This is a bad example of the use of social media. I want to warn those in the business of manufacturing FAKE messages, that they will not succeed.”

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