nigeria.gifABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria formally announced Monday that it will not host the U.S. military’s new Africa-wide command, taking Africa’s most-populous nation and a top source of American oil imports out of contention.

Nigerian leaders have been vocal critics of the new U.S. military command for Africa, which is seeking a home on the world’s poorest continent, and the government made its position official on Monday, after President Umaru Yar’Adua met with state governors and federal lawmakers.

Nigeria is also opposed to a physical presence for the command anywhere in West Africa, where the country of 140 million is a major military and diplomatic heavyweight, said Kwara State Governor Bukola Saraki, who announced the government’s position after the meeting. U.S. military officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

[Source: CNN]

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