Shehu Sani, a former senator from Kaduna Central, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for asking the US to move Africa Command from Germany to the troubled region.
On Wednesday, he issued the following statement via his Twitter account:
“The President’s call for world powers to establish military headquarters on African soil is an open invitation to recolonize Africa.” It’s easier to convince them to get them to come, but once they’re there, it’s hard to tell them and get them to leave.
“In the six decades since independence, African countries should purposefully collaborate to tackle and resolve their security problems, while honourably pursuing international technical assistance.” The call for the US to move its @USAfricaCommand HQ to Africa is unconscionable.”
He believes that by making such a move, other international players would follow suit, resulting in the military balkanization of the continent.
“Once the US relocates its headquarters to Africa, Russia, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and others will follow suit, and Africa will be militarily Balkanized; we will either become like Korea or Syria.”
During a virtual meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday, President Buhari asked the US to consider shifting the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Germany to Africa.
According to the President, the proposal was made in response to the continent’s rising security challenges.
The late President Umaru Yar’Adua claimed that Nigeria (or any other country in West Africa) would not host AFRICOM.
Some African countries, including Libya and South Africa, have expressed concern about AFRICOM’s presence on the continent.
AFRICOM, with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of the United States’ 11 defence combatant commands that focuses on improving stability in African countries.
The command’s mission is to help defend America’s strategic interests in Africa while also assisting African countries with military training and conflict prevention.
The United States founded AFRICOM in 2007, but it did not become fully operational until 2008, with operations taking place in Niger Republic, Djibouti, and Chad, among other places.