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Group faults moves to establish US military base in Nigeria

By Abdulwahab Abdulah
A non-governmental organisation has warned the Federal Government against allowing the establishment of a United States, US, military base in Nigeria.

Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC in a statement, yesterday, charged the government not to agree to the establishment of a US military base in the country, saying that it will jeopardise the country’s fragile security.

The statement by MURIC’s executive director, Dr. Ishaq Akintola, said, “the United States is allegedly planning to site one of its military bases in Nigeria. The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is also reported to be favourably inclined to the plan.

“We wish to advise the Nigerian government not to push its citizens into a revolt in this transitional period. Nigerians are now better informed and they know the implications of allowing a world superpower to site its base within Nigeria’s territory,” he added.

The group wondered  why a foreign country must be allowed set up a military base in Nigeria at this point in time  and for whose benefit.


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