House of Representatives has said that it would frustrate plans by the United States to create military command in Nigeria or any part of the African continent.
Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Gbenga Oduwaiye, who stated this in Abuja at the weekend, said the proposed military command otherwise known as U.S. Africom is a potent threat to the sovereignty of African states.
He also debunked claims by American officials that Africom would bring prosperity to the continent.
“We are following with keen interest the issue of Africom. We are looking at it from two points of view – as a nation and as a major player in African affairs.
“We are very interested in keeping the sovereignty of Africa. We will not feel very comfortable having another country setting up a command in our area. So, we will not allow it.
“In recent times, the U.S. has continued to hammer on the issue that we do not understand their proposal, that what they mean is not the way we are interpreting it.
“But based on the information we have as at today, we think it is a threat to the sovereignty of African states and that is why we are not supporting it.
“Some of their officials say it will bring prosperity.
How do they mean it is for the prosperity of Africa?
You want to set up a military base for prosperity of Africa; that I find hard to believe.
“And that is why I am saying based on the information we have as at today, we do not feel comfortable with.
“If they say it is for our prosperity, they need to state it out in clear terms. When you are offering somebody something, the onus is on you to make it very clear for the person,” Oduwaiye said.
– Daily Independent