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Nigeria's President Buhari says will soon sign up to African free-trade agreement | Africanews - 9 months ago, 12 July 09:19

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday the country will ‘sign up soon’ to a $3 trillion African free-trade agreement.

Nigeria is one of Africa’s two largest economies, the other being South Africa. Buhari’s government had refused to join a continental free-trade zone established in March, on the grounds that it wishes to defend its own businesses and industry.

ALSO READ: E.U. lauds A.U. for historic continental free trade pact, pledges support

The administration later said it wanted more time to consult business leaders.

I am a slow reader, maybe because I was an ex-soldier. I didn’t read it fast enough before my officials saw that it was all right for signature. I kept it on my table. I will soon sign it.

“In trying to guarantee employment, goods and services in our country, we have to be careful with agreements that will compete, maybe successfully, against our upcoming industries,” ...
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