Buhari Cancels Rwanda Trip, Reconsiders Signing The African Trade Agreement

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President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled his scheduled trip to Kigali, Rwanda. The trip was for Monday.

Buhari was expected to attend an Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) on Tuesday, March 21, to sign the framework agreement for establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area. The agreement is expected to allow free trade among all countries that sign.

While the Federal Executive Council (FEC) recently approved Nigeria’s participation and signing of the agreement, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had strongly warned against the move. The country’s highest labour body said the decision may affect the nation’s manufacturing sector and lead to loss of jobs.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Sunday signed by its spokesperson, Tope Elias-Fatile, said Mr. Buhari canceled the trip in order “to allow more time for input from Nigerian stakeholders”.

Sources at the presidency said the first advanced team of the president had already traveled to Kigali on Friday but had now been asked to return home.

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