The United States has denied the request of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to relocate its Germany-based Africa Command base to Nigeria or any other part of Africa.
Buhari made the call about two weeks ago(April 27, 2021) amidst the worsening state of insecurity in the region and at the height of his country's security operatives' inability to checkmate the activities of kidnappers, bandits and terrorist.
According to Saturday PUNCH, the US Pentagon spokesperson, Ms Cindi King, said although there is an ongoing review, "the relocation of Combatant Command headquarters is outside the scope of its assessment"
"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."
"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," he said.