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BREAKING: Tinubu Government Says No Plans To Establish Foreign Military Bases In Nigeria

 BREAKING: Tinubu Government Says No Plans To Establish Foreign Military Bases In Nigeria

The Minister for records and national orientation, Mohammed Idris, in an announcement on Monday urged Nigerians to forget the “falsehood.”

The President Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian authorities has mentioned it is never right that there are discussions between Nigeria and some foreign countries to build foreign defense pressure bases within the nation. 

The Minister for records and national orientation, Mohammed Idris, in an announcement on Monday urged Nigerians to forget the “falsehood.”

SaharaReporters had on Saturday reported that some approved leaders within the nation as nicely as civil society organisations cautioned Tinubu towards allowing the United States and the French governments to relocate their defense pressure bases from the Sahel to Nigeria. 

In an initiating letter to Tinubu and the leadership of the Nationwide Assembly, the leaders had mentioned the Nigerian authorities would per chance perhaps smooth no longer succumb to such stress.

Other folks who signed the letter received by SaharaReporters had incorporated Prof Abubakar Siddique Mohammed of the Centre for Democratic Pattern, Examine and Coaching (CEDDERT), Zaria; Prof Kabiru Sulaiman Chafe, a feeble Minister of Recount for Petroleum Sources,  representing the Arewa Examine and Pattern Carrying out (ARDP), Kaduna; Prof Attahiru Jega, who’s a feeble Chairman of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Rate (INEC); Prof Jibrin Ibrahim from the Centre for Democracy and Pattern (CDD), Abuja; Auwal Musa (Rafsanjani) of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Abuja; and Y. Z. Ya’u from the Centre for Recordsdata Technology and Pattern (CITAD), Kano. 

In accordance with the letter, the American and French governments accumulate allegedly  been aggressively lobbying Nigeria, at the side of other Gulf of Guinea countries, to signal contemporary defence pacts that can allow them to redeploy their troops, expelled from Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

Of the countries within the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria turns out to be the most strategically positioned, the leaders mentioned of their joint letter. 

The letter had partly read, “It is a fashioned records that the American and French governments had been desperately lobbying the governments of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, and Ghana to conform to signal contemporary defense pacts that can enable them to redeploy their infantrymen expelled from Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. A few of the troops had been redeployed to Chad however France and United States prefer countries of the Gulf of Guinea that are extra strategically positioned to wait on their interests within the central zone of the Sahel. Of the countries within the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria turns out to be the most strategically positioned.

“There are indications that the Nigerian Executive would per chance perhaps nicely be favorably disposed to the proposed defense pact. Alternatively, there is a frequent apprehension that signing of the pact by Nigeria would accumulate huge ranging implications for defense and internal security of the nation. On Twenty 2d December 2023, the closing of France’s 1,500 troops deployed in Niamey and two other bases within the tri-frontier of Niger were marched abroad. On March 16th, 2024, Niger Republic suspended the defense pressure agreement with the United States signed in 2012, which allowed the US to position of abode about 1100 US troops and civilian personnel completely in Niger, to feature from two American bases within the nation.

“We the signatories of this initiating letter deem strongly that the industrial and environmental impacts of net net hosting foreign defense pressure bases are profound and a ways-reaching. Economically, the presence of these bases would per chance perhaps most definitely divert authorities funds and sources faraway from important areas such as training, healthcare, and infrastructure construction toward declaring and securing these defense pressure installations. This redirection of sources would per chance perhaps stunt economic development and exacerbate poverty in a nation where critical of the population already lives below provocative prerequisites.” 

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