- Nigeria battles internal crisis as Africa rolls out Continental Free Trade Agreement
Just as the African countries have rolled out the Continental free trade, the continent’s most populous country, Nigeria has been faced with internal trade differences which is not healthy for the new trade pact of the continent.
Over the past weeks, the country has been trying hard to deal with an issue which does not speak well of the Free trade Agreement. A group of concerned residents have decided to block food supply to the South until their demands are met; an occurrence which has created a general scarcity of food in the South.
Leaders of the Union causing the blockage, Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria told reporters that, “there is a task force that we set up to enforce the directive by the union that there would be no transportation of cattle and foodstuffs to the South with effect from Thursday.”
The group has so far cited the government’s failure to address the alleged killings of its members in parts of the country as one of the triggers for their decision to starve the South. Additionally, they are calling for compensation for the loss of property and lives during the Sasa crisis in Ibadan, Oyo State and the EndSARS protests.
The National Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Chief Audu Ogbe has called on the group to put an end to their activities. “Nigeria is not at war with itself and such a drastic action is not necessary, but will only further complicate the socio-economic and political problems facing our country today.” He said in a statement.
The Southern parts of Nigeria mainly depend on food items from the North whilst the South is rich in oil and supplies most parts of the country. An emerging group from the south is equally threatening to halt fuel supply to the North.
It is rather unfortunate that this incident is happening at a time that, unity is needed to push for the progress of the continental free trade. It is highly important for the Nigerian government to find a good ground to resolve the differences of the two factions for a peaceful coexistence.