Nigeria will soon sign African free trade agreement, says ‘slow reader’ Buhari


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday that 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.

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

“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,” Buhari told a news conference during a visit by South African President…

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