Dozens of countries have already signed on to the pan-African treaty, in an effort to create a single market for goods and services in the continent. But some trade unions in Nigeria are against it.
Nigeria is Africa's largest economy, so the government's recent refusal to sign an African Free Trade deal now threatens the wider integration of the continent's many economies.
Rice is the problem that's halting Nigeria from joining the world's largest free trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization.
TRT World's Wendy Agbo in Kebbi explains why Abuja wants to keep its rice farmers happy, at the expense of the landmark trade deal.