By Elizabeth Chukwuma
Worried by the activities of smugglers, President Muhammadu Buhari and Patrick Talon, his counterpart in Republic of Benin, were said to have signed a landmark trade agreement, the first to be signed by any two African countries in the recent time.
The agreement was said to have been signed during the 12th Extra
Attahiru Dahiru, Nigerian Ambassador to Niger, believes that the AfCFTA, Summit , may have facilitated the signing of the trade pact between the two West African neighbours. The Ambassador is optimistic that more of such pacts would be signed between African countries with the successful of launching of the Trade zone between Nigeria and Benin , which had already been signed.
many believe that the launching of the nNigerian-Benin Trade Zone, would be a huge success with the opening f the Sem-Krake Joint Border developed by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, in Collation with the European Union, EU . The Benioise government may have laid the foundation for the
As a prelude to the successful hosting of the SU, Economic Summit, in Niger, Buhari was said to have donated 47 exotic vehicles for use of the visisting Heads of States and Government and military equipment worth millions of dollars to the land locked African country to forestall any attack by BokoHaram Insurgents operating in the Lake Chad Basin region to disrupt the meeting.
Note that Niger is one of the Lake Chad Basin countries that had donated soldiers that had donated soldiers to the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, fighting alongside the Nigerian soldiers in the nort eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States in the last 10 years . Other countries that had contributed troops to the MNJTF, include Chad, Benin and Cameroon, a Central African sub-region.
Many believe that Buhari may have donated the vehicles to Isooufou Mahammadou, the Chairman of ECOWAS and President of Nigeria, for the AU, Summit, to curry his favour in the fight against the Boko Haram Insurgents in Nigeria. Moreso, to encourage the Niger President to mobilise his troops to block access routes used by the Insurgents operating in their country to enter into Yobe
Many believe that with the support of Buhari to his government host the AU, he would do everything within his powers to support the fight against the Insurgents . He was said to have assured Buhari to count on his support to flush out the Insurgents from the north east and the Lake Chad Basin.