- President Buhari has asked that the Africa command HQ located in Germany be relocated
- The Nigerian leader said the relocation is necessary as part of efforts to address challenges of insecurity
- This development was confirmed in a tweet by Bashir Ahmad, the president's personal assistant on new media
The United States has been urged to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.
Legit.ng gathered that the appeal was made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 27, during a virtual meeting with US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken.
Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad confirmed the development.
The Nigerian leader in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, explained that the move was necessary as part of efforts to address the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and other countries in Africa.
According to Adesina, the support of important and strategic partners like the United States cannot be overstated.
He noted that the growing security challenges in West, Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and Sahel, underscores the need for the United States to relocate the defence command.
AFRICOM is responsible for military relations with nations and regional organisations in Africa. It also focuses on addressing security challenges affecting African countries.
Even though the details of the meeting are still sketchy, it is believed to be centred on the security situation in Borno state.
As at the time of the meeting, the insecurity situation in the country has reached another level with Boko Haram and the Islamic State, West African Province (ISWAP), intensifying their attacks in the Northeast region of the country.
In a related development, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila said Buhari is dealing with a very difficult situation concerning Nigeria's security challenges.
Gbajabiamila made the disclosure on Monday, April 26, after a closed-door meeting with the Nigerian leader at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.