I am very slow reader because I’m ex-soldier- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says his background as a military person affects his reading pace.

While admitting to be a very slow reader, the President said this brought about the delay in signing the $3 trillion African Free-Trade Agreement.

He made this known during the joint press conference held with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa.

He said, “I am very careful about what I sign, whether it is my cheque book or agreements, especially when it involves nations and states. As your President has said, we are so populated and have so many young unemployed citizens and our industries are just coming up.

“So, in trying to guarantee employment, goods and services in our country, we have to be careful with agreements that will compete, maybe successfully, against our upcoming industries.

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“I was presented with the document; I am a very slow reader maybe because I am an ex-soldier. I didn’t read it fast enough before my officials saw that it was all right for signature. I kept it on my table. I will soon sign it.”

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