Laila News had reported earlier that the Nigerian leader signed the agreement at the opening of the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Gov on #AfCFTA in Niamey, Niger on Sunday, July 7.
The President’s Personal Assistant (photography), Sunday Aghaeze, made this known on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Laila News recalls that the Nigerian President had approved the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on the Impact and Readiness Assessment of the African Continental Free Trade Area, AfCFTA, agreement.
In a statement last Wednesday, the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu said Buhari would be signing the Phase one of the agreement in the course of his attendance at the Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union and 12th Extraordinary Summit on AfCFTA in Niamey, Niger Republic, in a few days.
“A country that signs the first level will then go into country-level discussions leading to treaties after safeguards are agreed to”, it read.
“In accepting the reports as submitted, President Buhari made it clear that Nigerian government will be seeking to include terms that engender the development of policies that promote African production, among other benefits.
Watch the moment Buhari signed the agreement below…
Pres. @MBuhari signs, on behalf of Nigeria, the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (#AfCFTA), at the opening of the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Govt, in Niamey, Niger Republic, July 7, 2019 #AUSummit pic.twitter.com/Y9miko2GBP
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) July 7, 2019