Buhari makes U-turn on African free trade agreement, cancels Rwanda trip

President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled his trip to Kigali, Rwanda scheduled for Monday.

Buhari was expected to attend an Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) on Tuesday, March 20, to sign the framework agreement for establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area, an agreement that would allow free trade among all countries that sign.

But in a statement issued on Sunday by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tope Elias-Fatile, President Buhari cancelled the trip in order “to allow more time for input from Nigerian stakeholders”.

According to Premium Times, Sources at the presidency said the the first advanced team of the president had already travelled to Kigali on Friday but had now been asked to return home.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) recently approved Nigeria’s participation and signing of the agreement, but the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) strongly kicked against the move, warning that the decision may affect the nation’s manufacturing sector and lead to more job losses.



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