…Berates Nigeria, S-Africa for not signing AfCFTA
ABUJA — THE Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday, called for a review of the current economic world order if the issue of migration, particularly of African descent must be addressed comprehensively.
Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, said this at the formal launch of the Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria, AFRPN, in Abuja.
Sanusi said: “We have a composition in the world whereby in the last three decades we have been talking about the removal of all barriers to the movement of capital. But I feel a little upset when I see African leaders going to Europe and sit down talking of how to stop the migration of labour which is not an African problem really, it is a European problem which was created partly by the world order.
“We set up the world system that transfers resources of Africa to the rest of the world. Are we surprised that we have poverty, insecurity and some people are moving from this part of the world to other parts to seek for a better life?
“I would like to see a conversation on migration that is part and parcel of a wider conversation of the world order on what the world can do to develop Africa.”
Berating Nigeria and South Africa for refusing to sign the African continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA, the monarch said: “It is quite surprising that the two biggest economies in Africa withdrew from signing such economic agreement, I could not believe that we have signed GAT and WTO. We have trade relations with America with China and we cannot have traded within Africa, not having the two giant economies in Africa in it is serious.”
Earlier, the President, AFRPN, Ambassador Gani Lawal, disclosed the plan of the association to establish a credible think-tank for the Federal Government.