President Muhammadu Buhari and the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II on Thursday in Kano openly disagreed with each other on Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.
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Buhari was rounding off his two-day visit to Kano at the State Coronation Hall, Kano Government House, where he had an interactive session with community leaders, and stakeholders in the state when the incident happened.
At the meeting, Sanusi called for the review of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) charter, saying the liberalization agreement of cross-border trade did not favour Nigeria.
The Emir alleged that massive smuggling of sub-standard products into the country was killing the nation’s economy.
“Danger is lurking ahead over the massive importation of cheap beverages into the country. I urge the Federal Government to do something urgent to stop this ugly trend,” he said.
But, Buhari dismissed him saying, “it’s better to seek to live in peace with your neighbours.
“If you could recall, I’ve gone round these neighbouring countries and sought for their cooperation, and it’s up-to us to look inward and attend to leakages.”