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US denies plans to establish military base in Nigeria

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The United States has dismissed claims that it intends to build a military base in Nigeria, refuting speculations circulating in the West African country.

The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, David Greene,  emphasized that there were no such plans while reaffirming the commitment of the U.S. to collaborate with Nigeria in ensuring the security of its people.

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Addressing the alleged reports of the U.S. and French governments lobbying Nigeria to establish bases, Greene clarified that these claims were unfounded.

“I am not aware of any such conversation, and I am not really sure whose purpose it serves to agitate on this point,” Greene stated in an interview with TVC.

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He reiterated the United States’ dedication to strong security cooperation with Nigeria, emphasizing mutual respect and partnership in addressing security challenges.

Additionally, Greene highlighted the U.S. government’s strategic investments in Nigeria, particularly in improving health and humanitarian sectors.

“There is an assistance agreement that covers five years for about $2.5 billion,” Greene explained, noting that significant funding has been allocated to humanitarian assistance, reaching almost $300 million annually.

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Despite fluctuations in funding amounts, Greene expressed pride in the cooperation between the U.S. and Nigeria in pursuing humanitarian assistance initiatives.

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