Nigeria Urges U.S. to Move Africa Command HQ to Continent

President Muhammadu Buhari has canvassed for the support of the U.S. in the move by Nigeria and the West African sub-region to tackle security challenges, to avoid spill-overs. Buhari has urged the U.S. to consider relocating its Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa. He also called on the international community to support Nigeria and the sub-region in tackling growing security challenges to avoid it from spilling over to neighbouring countries. Buhari made this request in a virtual meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken. Nigerian security forces face multiple security challenges, including school kidnappings by armed gangs in its northwest and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, as well as the decade-long insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which also carries out attacks in neighbouring Niger Republic, Cameroon, and Chad.

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Nigerian army patrol in Sambisa Forest (file photo).

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