The Pentagon has said it will not relocate its Africa Command to Nigeria or any other country in Africa from its current base in Germany.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, asked the US to relocate AFRICOM to Africa to help in fighting insecurity in the region.
AFRICOM is the US military headquarters that oversees its operations in Africa.
The statement was titled, ‘Security: President Buhari asks US to relocate headquarters of AFRICOM to Africa, warns of likely spillovers’.
It read, “The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sahel, Central and West Africa, as well as the Lake Chad Region.
“Compounded as the situation remains, Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing them and addressing their root causes.
“The support of important and strategic partners like United States cannot be overstated as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations hence the imperative for concerted cooperation and collaboration of all nations to overcome these challenges.
“In this connection, and considering the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and the Sahel, weighing heavily on Africa, it underscores the need for the United States to consider re-locating AFRICOM Headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.”
Responding, the US government on Thursday told The Punch in an email that it does not have any plan to relocate AFRICOM from its current base in Germany to Nigeria or any part of Africa.
According to the United States Department of Defence’ Pentagon, previous studies have shown that the cost of relocating AFRICOM from Germany to Africa is very huge.
The Pentagon added that it would continue to value Nigeria and other countries in Africa as important partners.