The Federal Government is not considering request from any country to establish military base in Nigeria, Information and National Orientation Minister Mohammed Idris said yesterday.
Idris dismissed as unfounded reports that the government was considering the citing of a military base in the country, saying Nigeria “is not in any such discussion with any foreign country”.

A statement signed by the minister reads: “The Federal Government is aware of false alarms being raised in some quarters alleging discussions between the Federal Government of Nigeria and some foreign countries on the siting of foreign military bases in the country.

“We urge the general public to totally disregard this falsehood. The Federal Government is not in any such discussion with any foreign country. We have neither received nor are we considering any proposals from any country on the establishment of any foreign military bases in Nigeria

Following the exit of French military from their bases in Sahel countries, such as: Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic as a result of rising nationalism in the host countries.

There were speculations that France and United States (U.S.), which left Niger Republic under the same circumstance, are interested in relocating their military bases to countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic.

Some Civil Society Organization (CSOs) last week threatened action should the Federal Government allow foreign military base in the country.

The French military counterterrorism campaign, Operation Barkhane, which started in 2013, left its Mali base in August 2022 after nine years of operations.

The withdraw coincides with worsening ties between Paris and Bamako, which has been looking more and more to Russia for support against armed groups associated with al-Qaeda and ISIS (ISIL) who have widened their sphere of influence while fighting for dominance in the nation’s large central area.

May 7, 2024

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