Nigeria asks U.S. to move African headquarters to the continent

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday that he should consider moving the military headquarters overseeing Abuja-Africa from Germany to the continent.

Nigerian security forces include school kidnappings by armed groups in the northwest, piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, and nearby Niger, Cameroon, and Chad.

The Sahel region of West Africa is at risk of a security crisis as al-Qaeda-related groups and ISIS terrorist groups attack troops and civilians despite the support of France and the United Nations forces.

Blinken said in a virtual meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday that the US African Army (AFRICOM) should be relocated to Africa itself.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is attending a virtual bilateral meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the State Department in Washington on April 27, 2021. (Rear Millis / Reuters)

“Given the growing security challenges in West Africa and Central Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, the Lake Chad region and the Sahel, we are focusing on Africa and the United States is considering relocating AFRICOM headquarters … closer to the Operations Theater. It emphasizes the need to do so, said Buhari, according to a statement issued by the President.

He spoke in a fight against rebels a week after the death of Chad’s longtime president, Idriss Dévi.

Debbie is an important western ally in the fight against radical Islamic terrorists, under which Chad’s soldiers form an important component of the multinational army fighting Boko Haram and its sect and pledge allegiance to ISIS. It was.

“Nigeria’s security challenges remain a major concern for us and were further adversely affected by the complex negative pressures that exist in the Sahel, Central Africa, West Africa, and Lake Chad regions,” said the retired Major General. Buhari said.

AFRICOM did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

Felix Onua

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report

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