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Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Tofax: 7:07am On May 08
The United States has said there is no plan to relocate its Africa Command from its current base in Germany to Nigeria or any other part of Africa despite the worsening state of insecurity in the region.

The US gave the response barely two weeks after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), appealed to the US government to consider relocating AFRICOM to Africa to assist Nigeria and other adjoining countries to combat worsening terrorism, banditry and other security crises.

The President made the plea in a virtual meeting with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on April 27.

Germany-based Africa Command (AFRICOM) is the US military headquarters that oversees its operations in Africa.

Buhari’s request followed a series of recent military casualties in Nigeria’s decade-long fight against Boko Haram terrorists, fresh expansion of the insurgents’ bases to Niger and Nasarawa States, and heavy waves of abductions and killings by bandits in the North.

Buhari said, “The security challenges in Nigeria remain of great concern to us and impacted more negatively, by existing complex negative pressures in the Sahel, Central and West Africa, as well as the Lake Chad Region.

Compounded as the situation remains, Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing them and addressing their root causes.

“The support of important and strategic partners like the United States cannot be overstated as the consequences of insecurity will affect all nations, hence the imperative for concerted cooperation and collaboration of all nations to overcome these challenges.

“In this connection, and considering the growing security challenges in West and Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and the Sahel, weighing heavily on Africa, it underscores the need for the United States to consider relocating AFRICOM headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.”

However, the US government on Thursday ruled out any plan to relocate AFRICOM from its current base in Germany to Nigeria or any part of Africa.

According to the United States Department of Defence’ Pentagon, previous studies have shown that the cost of relocating AFRICOM from Germany to Africa is very huge.


In an emailed response to Saturday PUNCH, the Pentagon said although it would continue to value Nigeria and other countries in Africa as important partners, the American government would not consider relocating AFRICOM to any part of the African continent at the moment.

This newspaper had asked if the US would consider Nigeria’s request to relocate AFRICOM to the continent

“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,” US Pentagon spokesperson, Ms Cindi King, said.

King also ruled out any plan to consider Buhari’s request in an ongoing global US defence review.

She said, “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.”

It’s ‘near impossible’ for America to accept Buhari’s invitation –Campbell, ex-US ambassador

Meanwhile, a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, has listed reasons why it is “unlikely or near impossible” for the US government to relocate AFRICOM from Stuttgart in Germany to Nigeria or any part of the continent.

He said aside from the fact that the cost of doing so is very huge, the Nigerian military had proved to be a difficult partner for the US over the years.

In an emailed interview with Saturday PUNCH, Campbell, who is the Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington, DC-based think-tank, said, “From an American perspective, moving AFRICOM’s headquarters after 14 years in Stuttgart would be a major undertaking.

“However, should the AFRICOM headquarters move, it is unlikely – if not impossible – that it would be to Africa, with its logistical challenges. Some in the US Congress support moving AFRICOM’s headquarters to the United States as a cost-effective alternative. For example, South Carolina’s senators, both Republican, have advocated moving it to Charleston, the site of large US military installations.

“It is mostly a matter of money. Moving AFRICOM to Africa would require the construction of a sophisticated installation in areas where the basic infrastructure may not yet have been developed. Moving it to the United States would mean making use of already existing but underused installation (e.g., perhaps Charleston) that could be quickly and more cheaply expanded, if necessary.”

The ex-envoy, however, said Buhari’s request marked a reversal of Nigeria’s official opposition to AFRICOM plans to move it to the continent 14 years ago.

“The shift likely reflects the conclusion that the security situation in West Africa and Nigeria is out of control, spurring a willingness to consider options hitherto unacceptable. Buhari argued that AFRICOM’s headquarters should be closer to the theatre of operations. He also seemed to imply greater US involvement in West African security, including a kinetic dimension in the context of greater Western support for West Africa’s response to its security threats.”

He recalled that when President George W Bush established AFRICOM in 2007, a military-civilian hybrid command in support of Africa, African official reaction was largely hostile, seeing the effort as “neo-colonialist.”

Campbell said, “The Nigerian government took the lead in persuading or strong-arming other African states against accepting the AFRICOM headquarters, which was thereupon established at Stuttgart, Germany, already the headquarters of the European Command.

Source: https://punchng.com/insecurity-us-wont-relocate-africa-command-to-nigeria-others-pentagon-replies-buhari/

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by NwaAmaikpe: 7:09am On May 08
shocked



My friend Teslim always knew it was his mother-in-law that was behind the new insolence of his wife Barakatu and the woes in his marriage.

She won't cook, she won't clean, she won't submit and she won't let him have peace. It became worse each time she visited her mom.

Then one faithful day, Teslim received a call from his mother in-law offering to get an Alfa that will pray for his home and counsel his wife so there will be peace at last.

Teslim told her, "as long as you keep controlling Barakatu and interfering in our home, no Alfa in the world can bring us peace".

I still don't know how this nonsense I wrote is related to the subject matter, but even our Lord Jesus Christ spoke in parables.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Colonelswitz101(m): 7:10am On May 08
When we left our trenches and dropped our arms at the end of the War in 1970, we headed straight to the Houses we built. We were shocked to hear that the Nigeria Government branded them abandoned Properties and distributed it amongst themselves.
We headed to the Banks to withdraw the millions we left there before the War, the Nigerians told us we could only have 20 pounds. It did not matter how much we had in our accounts.
Homeless and penniless we went back to pick up the jobs we left when we fled for our lives, the Nigerians also told us we could not take back the jobs. They filled up our positions with poorly qualified folks.
In that dare situation, we were mourning, hungry, penniless, homeless and jobless. These same idiots I call Nigerians quickly passed a policy they called Indigenisation Policy to sell off government companies to themselves knowing fully well that non of us could raise up to 21 pounds!
You pulled yourself up without any assistance and quickly recovered and over-took the clowns with your mere 20 pounds, yet they did not rest, but rather took the same war to your various endeavors in the forms of quota system, exclusive economic lists, federal character, ELDS states, and cooked population figures and use of local government as the yard stick to disburse national cakes.
Pause a bit and think of these short paragraphs. You will notice that Nigeria, the same zoo country you are proud of as an Igbo man, was designed and measures put in place to keep you down and out in Nigeria. Yet your slave mindset that has "short term memory of sorrow and pains" took over you to forgive and forget and you started behaving as though nothing happened in the past.
You knew quite well that their deceptive RRR measures was a farce. Your foolishness still made you to allow handshakes with them that went above the elbows. You still had the foolishness to build new houses in the areas they took the ones you earlier built.
If you aim a gun at me and fire with the intention of killing me and you missed!! That you missed would make me NEVER to trust you again nor forgive you. I will take my own aim and make sure I NEUTRALISE you completely!!!

We will never forget and we will never forgive.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Ezemust: 7:13am On May 08
Why una they even respond to that vegetable?make una no mind em yarn jare

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by jlinkd78(m): 7:21am On May 08
O seeti go

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by CodeTemplar: 7:26am On May 08
Brilliant reply. Everybody watching knows Buhari is siding with Islamic and Fulani elements behind our insecurity situatuon. Any attempt at involving western nations at this point will only serve to further poison the minds of muslims in Nigeria who have been taught that the west is their problem in this life and thereafter.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Colonelswitz101(m): 7:28am On May 08
Rossinkup:


Will you shut up, you narcissistic ingrate.

You are alive as an 'Igbo man' today because of Gowon's 'No Victor, No Vanquished policy,' a first in the modern world.

After you surrendered and your leader fled, the Nigerian army could have been ordered to finish you off completely. Instead Gowon ordered his troops to ceasefire and return to barracks.

Nobody owed you a dime. You LOST a war.

Not sure if you know anything about the history of warfare, but the victorious party is not obliged to give money to the enemy he just defeated.

Or 'rehabilitate' them.

You are lucky, so keep shut.


My message is not for Fo0ls...

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Guyman02: 7:32am On May 08
It's not about bringing AFRICOM to Nigeria, it's about when you want them to leave, they won't leave.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Grace001: 7:34am On May 08
He should get that into his skull

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by nairalandankrah: 7:39am On May 08
This is Victory for all minorities
This is Victory for Ipob

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Firstorderwizard(m): 7:42am On May 08
Rossinkup:


Will you shut up, you narcissistic ingrate.

You are alive as an 'Igbo man' today because of Gowon's 'No Victor, No Vanquished policy,' a first in the modern world.

After you surrendered and your leader fled, the Nigerian army could have been ordered to finish you off completely. Instead Gowon ordered his troops to ceasefire and return to barracks.

Nobody owed you a dime. You LOST a war.

Not sure if you know anything about the history of warfare, but the victorious party is not obliged to give money to the enemy he just defeated.

Or 'rehabilitate' them.

You are lucky, so keep shut.



Not true, some Biafran soldiers were even angry with Philip Effiong for the surrender. They were ready to fight to finish.
If the cowardly Nigerian army were strictly professional (man to man) instead of attacking civilians, it would have been a different ball game .
I don't support a second civil war but let's keep the record straight

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by IjapaTiroko: 7:42am On May 08
U.S is letting it's chance of colonisation slide. If it were the British, they will grab the opportunity with both hands.
Protection was the disguise the British used in colonising Yorubaland.
I laughed scornfully when Buhari cluelessly invited U.S the parasite

Luckily fate is making us win this time

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Burtonj: 7:45am On May 08
Nice reply from the United States government.

Don't render any form of help to the vegetable we have as president. When he was pampering them, giving the terrorists soft landing he didn't know it will get this worse.

United States government don't negotiate with terrorists because a good terrorist is a dead terrorist.

Let it be known for anyone reading this, that the president of Nigeria has been pampering, rehabilitating, giving foreign scholarships to captured Boko Haram sects.


Let it be known that Buhari doesn't have any plans of tackling the insurgency that has befallen this country, the evil government only wanted the Africom to come deal with IPOBS, ESN, UGM etc.


They want to kill those that their only crime is raising their flags and asking for referedum.

Let no foreign country render any help to this satanic government.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by HONESTFACT101(m): 7:53am On May 08
Rossinkup:


Will you shut up, you narcissistic ingrate.

You are alive as an 'Igbo man' today because of Gowon's 'No Victor, No Vanquished policy,' a first in the modern world.

After you surrendered and your leader fled, the Nigerian army could have been ordered to finish you off completely. Instead Gowon ordered his troops to ceasefire and return to barracks.

Nobody owed you a dime. You LOST a war.

Not sure if you know anything about the history of warfare, but the victorious party is not obliged to give money to the enemy he just defeated.

Or 'rehabilitate' them.

You are lucky, so keep shut.


.it is with comments you know people in nairaland they asked for there freedom you killed them and here you are gloating on the mass genocide.....signing out

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by youngeagle(m): 8:00am On May 08
He intentionally want to hand it over to Boko Haram

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by fuckingAyaya(m): 8:00am On May 08
Relocate to Africa when pantami is still the minister of communication.if you know you know

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by tishbite41(m): 8:03am On May 08
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked



My friend Teslim always knew it was his mother-in-law that was behind the new insolence of his wife Barakatu and the woes in his marriage.

She won't cook, she won't clean, she won't submit and she won't let him have peace. It became worse each time she visited her mom.

Then one faithful day, Teslim received a call from his mother in-law offering to get an Alfa that will pray for his home and counsel his wife so there will be peace at last.

Teslim told her, "as long as you keep controlling Barakatu and interfering in our home, no Alfa in the world can bring us peace".

I still don't know how this nonsense I wrote is related to the subject matter, but even our Lord Jesus Christ spoke in parables.

Classic.

You cannot be sponsoring terrorism and begging for foreign help at the same time.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by BigSarah(f): 8:05am On May 08
The Nigerian army are experts on extra judicial killings, domestic terrorism, partisan patriotism, ethnic favoritism I'm certain no country would want to help them continue with such evil practices..

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by owobokiri(m): 8:08am On May 08
Colonelswitz101:


My message is not for Fo0ls...
You finished him!
I swear, you did..
He's finished!
That fake patriot.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Naughtysex: 8:08am On May 08
What is that lifeless Fulani herdsmen president expecting before? To move it to Africa? Mumu

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Nobody: 8:10am On May 08
The snitches in government will make the US army suffer heavy casualties.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Csami(m): 8:12am On May 08
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked



My friend Teslim always knew it was his mother-in-law that was behind the new insolence of his wife Barakatu and the woes in his marriage.

She won't cook, she won't clean, she won't submit and she won't let him have peace. It became worse each time she visited her mom.

Then one faithful day, Teslim received a call from his mother in-law offering to get an Alfa that will pray for his home and counsel his wife so there will be peace at last.

Teslim told her, "as long as you keep controlling Barakatu and interfering in our home, no Alfa in the world can bring us peace".

I still don't know how this nonsense I wrote is related to the subject matter, but even our Lord Jesus Christ spoke in parables.

Lol! There's a lot of sense in this.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by FreeIgbos: 8:14am On May 08
These idiats in aso rock are so foolish in reasoning. How on Earth did they expect America to bring their base to not just a terrorist haven but a country that is about to go bellyup?! It is akin to asking them to bring their base to Somalia, Sudan or Libya.

Foolish bastards that don't want to be realistic.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Dong2: 8:19am On May 08
Rossinkup:


Will you shut up, you narcissistic ingrate.

You are alive as an 'Igbo man' today because of Gowon's 'No Victor, No Vanquished policy,' a first in the modern world.

After you surrendered and your leader fled, the Nigerian army could have been ordered to finish you off completely. Instead Gowon ordered his troops to ceasefire and return to barracks.

Nobody owed you a dime. You LOST a war.

Not sure if you know anything about the history of warfare, but the victorious party is not obliged to give money to the enemy he just defeated.

Or 'rehabilitate' them.

You are lucky, so keep shut.


You are the narcist recluse here. Your joy over injustice shall soon consume your region.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Maxymilliano(m): 8:21am On May 08
Good response to Buhari. It is high time for this people in power to wake up and face reality. You can't create Insecurity and then ask another country to come and fight for you.

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by OmodavidoX(m): 8:21am On May 08
Okay
Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by azpelicueta: 8:21am On May 08
Nigeria should carry her cross
Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Akwamkpuruamu: 8:21am On May 08
Dem think say US no get sense!

Americans don't support hypocrisy.


Just looking back at 10 intriguing headlines in the past and where we are now security-wise as a nation.
Can't we make a meaning out of them?

1. Boko Haram picks Buhari to moderate talks with the government of Nigeria.
The Nation Newspaper, November 2, 2012.
https://thenationonlineng.net/boko-haram-picks-buhari-to-moderate-talks-with-govt/

2. Stop killing Boko Haram members, Buhari tells FG.
PointBlank News, June 2, 2013
http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/exclusive/stop-killing-boko-haram-members-buhari-tells-fg/

3. Buhari faults clampdown on Boko Haram members.
The Nation, June 2, 2013
https://thenationonlineng.net/buhari-faults-clampdown-on-boko-haram-members/

4. Military Offensive Against Boko Haram, Anti-North - Buhari.
All Africa News, June 3, 2013.
https://allafrica.com/stories/201306030384.html

5. “How Buhari stopped us from fighting Boko Haram” - South African mercenaries.
The Guardian Newspaper, November 26, 2018.
https://allafrica.com/stories/201811270024.html

6. FG is setting our killers free - soldiers kick as 1,400 Boko Haram suspects are released.
The Cable, February 11, 2020
https://www.thecable.ng/fg-is-setting-our-killers-free-soldiers-kick-as-1400-boko-haram-suspects-are-released

7. Nigerian government to release 603 repentant Boko Haram terrorists back to society.
Sahara Reporters, June 11, 2020.
http://saharareporters.com/2020/06/11/nigerian-government-release-603-repentant-boko-haram-terrorists-back-society-july

8. 356 soldiers tender resignation to Buratai, cite loss of sincerity in Boko Haram War.
Punch, July 12, 2020.
https://punchng.com/356-soldiers-tender-resignation-to-buratai-cite-loss-of-interest/

9. 601 ex-Boko Haram combatants graduate in Gombe.
The Nation, July 26, 2020.
https://thenationonlineng.net/601-ex-boko-haram-combatants-graduate-in-gombe/

10. 601 repentant terrorists graduate, receive first payments.
Punch Newspaper, July 26, 2020.
https://punchng.com/601-repentant-terrorists-graduate-paid-n20000-each/

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by Cti28(m): 8:21am On May 08
He said aside from the fact that the cost of doing so is very huge, the Nigerian military had proved to be a difficult partner for the US over the years.



When our military is filled with quota system soldiers and "repentant terrorist"

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Re: Insecurity: US Won’t Relocate Africa Command To Nigeria, Pentagon Replies Buhari by damialarbah: 8:21am On May 08
angry

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