Nigeria not opposed to trade reform – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria is not opposed to trade reform but said reform could not be indiscriminate.

Buhari, who stated this during 5th AU-EU summit in Abidjan, according to a statement released by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said that trade reform should only occur within the context of the push to industrialise.

According to him, direct foreign investment that produces jobs and creates tangible wealth must be encouraged.

With regard to peace and security, Buhari stressed the need for greater co-operation to halt human trafficking and another to act to curb the deaths of desperate migrants.

The President, who focused attention on Libya, said the once-stable nation had become a house of chaos, where north-bound migrants were often sold into slavery and the means of violent terrorism were transported southward to disrupt political stability and peace in the Sahel.

President Buhari called on the EU to work more diligently with the AU to bring normalcy to Libya and for the EU to be more forthcoming with humanitarian aid to those directly affected by terrorism.

He said that the exit of former President Mugabe was a closed chapter in Zimbabwean and African history.

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