“French Embassy Denies Discussions on Military Bases in Nigeria Amid Controversy”


The statement from the French embassy in Nigeria directly refutes the claims made in an open letter reported by SaharaReporters. According to the embassy’s Head of Communications, there have been no discussions between France and Nigeria regarding the establishment of military bases in Nigeria. This denial contradicts the content of the open letter, which alleged aggressive lobbying efforts by the United States and France to relocate military bases from the Sahel region to Nigeria.

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The letter, reportedly signed by several prominent figures and organizations, expressed concerns about the potential implications of such defense pacts on Nigeria’s sovereignty, defense, and internal security. It highlighted the economic and environmental impacts that hosting foreign military bases could have, raising concerns about resource diversion from critical sectors like education, healthcare, and infrastructure development.

However, the Minister for Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, dismissed the letter as falsehood, urging Nigerians to disregard its claims. This indicates a divergence of perspectives and underscores the complexity of the issue at hand.

Given the conflicting statements and the sensitivity of the topic, it’s essential for accurate information to be disseminated transparently to the public. It remains to be seen how the Nigerian government will address these concerns and whether any further developments regarding defense agreements will occur.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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