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FG Speaks On US, France Rumoured Military Bases In Nigeria

The Federal Government has refuted granting the United States and France the right to establish military bases in Nigeria.

Minister of Information Mohammed Idris, reacting to the issue, said the Federal Government has not received any proposals from the mentioned countries.

It could be recalled that some northern leaders had cautioned President Bola Tinubu against allowing the US and French governments to relocate their military bases from the Sahel to Nigeria.

According to the northern leaders, the US and French governments have allegedly been lobbying Nigeria and other countries in the region to sign new defence pacts, allowing them to redeploy their expelled troops.

Speaking on Monday, the Minister of Information urged the general public to disregard the rumours on the military bases.

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The statement read in part:

“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.

“The Nigerian government already enjoys foreign cooperation in tackling ongoing security challenges, and the President remains committed to deepening these partnerships to achieve the national security objectives of the Renewed Hope Agenda.”.

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