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INSECURITY: Relocate AFRICOM HQ To Africa, Buhari Begs US

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...Meets with US Secretary Blinken, Seeks for Security Support

President Buhari receives in Virtual Audience Mr Anthony Blinken, United States Secretary of State in State House on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 received in Virtual Audience the United States Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken at State House, Abuja.

President Buhari during the meeting asked the US to consider re-locating the AFRICOM HQ from Germany to Africa near the Theatre of Operation; against the backdrop of growing security challenges in West & Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region & the Sahel.

He said, “Nigeria and her security forces remain resolutely committed to containing security challenges in our nation and region, and addressing their root causes.  The support of important and strategic partners like the United States of course cannot be overstated”.

United States Government Spokesperson, Ned Price in a statement said, Secretary Antony J. Blinken met virtually today with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.

Price said, they discussed the global economic recovery, Nigeria’s security challenges and regional security issues, the effort against COVID-19, and the effects of climate change in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin.

“The Secretary and the President reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United States and Nigeria, founded upon shared democratic ideals and a spirit of transparency and cooperation.

“Secretary Blinken emphasized the United States’ renewed commitment to multilateral institutions and noted the constructive leadership role Nigeria plays in global affairs”.

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