LAGOS, April 27 (Xinhua) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged the United States to consider moving the United States African Command (AFRICOM) from Germany to Africa, to strengthen ongoing efforts to check the security situation on the continent.
A presidential statement said Buhari made the suggestion at a virtual meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday.
“Given the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, the Gulf of Guinea, the Lake Chad region and the Sahel, which weigh heavily on Africa, stresses the need for the United States to consider the possibility of moving the AFRICOM headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany, to theater of operations, ”he said.
The regions mentioned by the Nigerian president have long been besieged by security threats, including rebels, extremists, kidnappers and armed bandits.
Buhari said the support of important and strategic partners cannot be overstated, as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations, so the cooperation and concerted collaboration of all nations is essential to overcome these challenges.
The president said Nigeria will improve collaborations anyway, with friends and strategic partners, to work together for greater security for all.
According to the statement, Blinken was pleased to make Nigeria part of his “first virtual visit to Africa”, noting that Nigeria and the United States share a lot on bilateral issues.
He said areas of discussion with Nigeria would include “how to rebuild our economies after the COVID-19 pandemic, security for vulnerable communities and climate issues.”