Barely two weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari, requested that the relocation of US Africa Command from its current base in Germany to Africa, the United State said there is no plan to relocate its Africa Command from its current base, Punch reports.
Recall that Buhari has asked the US to consider relocating AFRICOM to Africa to assist Nigeria and other African countries to combat worsening security crises in the continent.
However, the US government on Thursday, said the don’t have plans to relocate AFRICOM from its current base in Germany to any part of Africa.
In an email send to punch, the American government would not consider relocating AFRICOM to any part of the African continent at the moment but will continue to value Nigeria and other countries in Africa as important partners.
“It would be inappropriate to speculate on any future actions. However, at this time, moving this headquarters (AFRICOM HQ) to Africa is not part of any plans, but USAFRICOM’s commitment to their mission, our African and other partners, remains as strong today as when we launched this command more than a decade ago,” US Pentagon spokesperson, Ms. Cindi King, said.
Ms Kings, added that the cost of relocating AFRICOM from Germany to Africa is very huge.
“Although there is an ongoing Global Posture Review, the relocation of Combatant Command headquarters is outside the scope of its assessment.
“In the case of AFRICOM, previous studies have concluded that the cost associated with the relocation of this headquarters is significant and likely to incur the expense of other engagement opportunities and activities that more directly benefit our valued African partners.
“We greatly value the partnership with Nigeria and appreciate President Buhari’s recognition of the United States’ positive contribution to African peace and security, as well as other regional partners that have made similar past pronouncements.
“The United States remains committed to continuing our close partnership with African countries and organisations to promote security and stability.”