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President Muhammadu Buhari pleads with the U.S. to relocated command headquarters to Africa



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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the United States to consider relocating the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa.

The president made this request Tuesday, April 27, during a virtual meeting with US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, Buhari said the relocation is necessary as part of efforts to address insecurity in Nigeria and other African nations.

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“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 the 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.

Tony Blinken, US secretary of state Photo credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

“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,” he said.

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“I also wish to congratulate the United States for re-joining the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The leadership of the United States in these two organizations is crucial for the international community.

“This action is a demonstration of the United States’ commitment to championing and supporting international organizations with the aim to build a better world for all,” he added.

Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad also confirmed the development.

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The U.S on Feb. 6, 2007, created AFRICOM during former President George W. Bush administration but it became fully operational in 2008, with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, and is one of the 11 departments of defense combatant commands of the US with its main focus is to improve security in African countries.

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