SECURITY

INSECURITY: Buhari Cries-Out, Calls For Assistance From US To Tackle Insecurity

The Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday Requested for assistance from United States; that the United States to reconsider relocating US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to Africa, very closer to the Theatre of Operation, asking the international community to support Nigeria and the sub-region in tackling growing insecurity to avoid spillovers.

9JAFOCUS gathered through Daily Post that President Buhari, in a virtual meeting with the US Secretary of State, Mr. Anthony Blinken, said AFRICOM, which partners countries to counter trans-national threats, should be relocated to Africa to curb the menace of insecurity and strengthen ongoing efforts to check the security situations, with likely effect on other nations. 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”. He added.

“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 re-locating AFRICOM Headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation,’’ he said.

The President, Muhammad Buhari said; Nigeria will enhance collaborations in all forms, with neighbouring countries, friends and strategic partners, to work together to give lasting solutions to spate of killings, kidnappings and for greater security for all, which remain the most significant condition for overcoming the existential challenges.

President Muhammad Buhari congratulated Blinken on his appointment by United States President, Joe Biden and commended the United States for the decision to repeal the immigration restriction known as the “Muslim ban’’, re-joining the World Health Organization (WHO) and Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“Nigeria attaches great importance to its relations with the United States. Let me in this connection express appreciation to President Joe Biden for his welcome and decision to repeal the Immigration restriction known as the ‘Muslim ban’ on travel and visas for citizens predominantly from Muslim Nations and African Countries, including Nigeria, president Muhammad stated.

President Buhari further noted that Nigeria remains resolute in her commitment in supporting global efforts as enshrined in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which seeks to limit global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He also said the convening of the Climate Change Summit last week by President Biden was a strong indication of the renewed interest of the United States to the Paris Agreement.

“I would like to extend our goodwill message to President Joe Biden and his Administration. May I also thank you for initiating this meeting, which I am confident, given your background and current position, you will use to promote the existing bilateral relations between our two countries. This action is a demonstration of the United States commitment in championing and supporting international organizations to build a better world for all’’. The President said.

The Secretary of State said he was pleased to make Nigeria part of his “first virtual visit to Africa,” noting that Nigeria and the United States of America, share a lot in bilateral issues.

He added that he would be delighted to build on the foundation that was laid between the two countries over 60 years ago, disclosing that areas of discussion with Nigeria would include “building the economies back after the COVID-19 pandemic, security for vulnerable communities, and climate issues.”

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