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Why Nigeria had good reasons to delay signing Africa’s free trade deal

Much has been made of the embarrassing withdrawal by Nigeria from signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement earlier this year having initially made the commitment to sign them.

  • Olabisi D. Akinkugbe
  • The Conversation

Its decision was criticised by many, including myself.

Africa on plug 1a Shutterstock LLLLThese reactions were justifiable given the historical poor performance of Nigeria and other African states when it comes to their commitment to regional economic integration.

But, Nigeria’s decision needs to be evaluated in the light of the reason it’s given for the delay.

The government has subsequently explained that it’s decision wasn’t a rejection of the trade accord.

Rather, it said, it…

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