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EDITORIAL | Africa desperately needs a free-trade area, so get to it, Cyril

The gains from intra-Africa trade are expected to be notable, particularly for protest-hit Nigeria and its young people

Editorial

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the chairperson of the African Union (AU), on Thursday called on the Nigerian government to respect human rights and the rule of law, as protests in the West African nation spiralled out of control.

“As we meet here,” he said — with “here” being a midyear meeting of the AU, the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms — “we are deeply concerned about the violence that has taken place in recent days in Lagos in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“We join the chairperson of the AU Commission in calling on all political and social actors to reject the use of violence and respect human rights and the rule of law. We offer our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.” ..

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