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Nigeria urges US to move Africa’s commando quarter to mainland

ABUJA – The United States should consider moving its military headquarters overseeing Africa to the mainland from Germany to better address growing armed violence in the region, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday.

Nigerian security forces face several security challenges, including kidnappings by armed gangs in the northwest of the school and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, as well as the decade-long uprising by radical Islamic terrorists Boko Haram, which also includes attacks in neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

West Africa’s Sahel region is in the grip of a security crisis as groups linked to al-Qaeda and the ISIS terrorist group attack military forces and civilians, despite the help of France and the United Nations.

Buhari said during a virtual meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday that the US Africa Order (AFRICOM) should be moved to Africa itself.

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

“Given the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, the Lake Chad region and the Sahel, which are heavy on Africa, it emphasizes the need for the United States to consider the AFRICOM headquarters. to relocate … near the operating theater, ”Buhari said in a statement issued by the presidency.

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

Deby was a key Western ally in the fight against radical Islamic terrorists, and under him, Chadian soldiers were a key component of a multinational force fighting Boko Haram and its predecessors, which pledged allegiance to ISIS.

“The security challenges in Nigeria continue to be of great importance to us and are being more negatively impacted by the existing complex negative pressures in the Sahel, Central and West Africa, as well as the Lake Chad region,” said Buhari, a retiree general-general, said.

AFRICOM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

By Felix Onuah

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report

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