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Leaders in the north advise Tinubu against authorising French and American military installations in Nigeria

May 7, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

A consortium of influential leaders from northern Nigeria has issued a stern warning against permitting the relocation of United States and French military bases from the Sahel to Nigeria.

In an open letter directed to President Bola Tinubu and the leadership of the National Assembly, these leaders stressed the importance of the federal government resisting any pressure in this regard.

The letter’s signatories, including esteemed figures such as Professor Abubakar Siddique Mohammed, Professor Kabiru Sulaiman Chafe, Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, Professor Jibrin Ibrahim, Auwal Musa (Rafsanjani), and Y. Z. Ya’u, expressed apprehension over the alleged forceful lobbying by the American and French governments.

Citing the recent expulsion of French and American troops from Niger due to perceived ineffectiveness, the citizens voiced skepticism about the efficacy of hosting foreign military bases. They argued that despite the purported aim of combating terrorism in the Sahel, terrorism has only intensified since the establishment of these camps.

The group asserted that the presence of American troops and other intelligence personnel in the Niger Republic has failed to serve any beneficial purpose. Instead, terrorism has surged, rendering the operations ineffective.

Moreover, the leaders raised concerns regarding the socio-economic and environmental repercussions of hosting foreign military bases. They cautioned against potential rises in living expenses, ecological degradation, and biodiversity loss, particularly impacting vulnerable communities and impeding sustainable development efforts.

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