Nigerian Govt. Dismisses Reports of Establishing Foreign Military Bases

Amidst swirling rumors, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has categorically stated that the Federal Government has no intentions of allowing any foreign country to establish military bases within its borders. Addressing speculations, Idris emphasized that Nigeria is not engaged in discussions with any foreign nation regarding such arrangements.

In a statement released by the Minister, he denounced the reports as unfounded, urging the public to disregard them entirely. The Federal Government, he emphasized, has neither received nor entertained proposals from any country concerning the establishment of foreign military bases in Nigeria.

Idris underscored the existing foreign cooperation that Nigeria enjoys in addressing its security challenges, affirming the government’s commitment to deepening these partnerships. These collaborations are pivotal in achieving the national security objectives outlined in the Renewed Hope Agenda.

The Minister’s clarification comes amidst global shifts, including the recent exit of French military forces from their bases in Sahel countries such as Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic. This withdrawal, attributed to rising nationalism in the host countries, has sparked discussions about potential adjustments in regional security dynamics.

Nigeria’s stance reaffirms its sovereignty and underscores its commitment to maintaining control over its military infrastructure and operations. While open to foreign cooperation, the government remains steadfast in its resolve to ensure that any security arrangements align with national interests and objectives.


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