Nigeria negotiating for release of abducted schoolgirls

Nigeria negotiating for release of abducted schoolgirls

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday slammed last month's mass abduction of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria and promised Washington's "full support" in the country's fight against Boko Haram jihadists.

He said that was why his administration chose negotiation, rather than military option, to secure their release.

The Punch newspaper reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the desire of the Federal Government to have the schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram sect from Chibok and Dapchi back alive.

He rather indicated that Nigeria was working with global organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were brought back unharmed.

The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja to strengthen the US partnership with Nigeria.

He said "We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive", Buhari said as quoted by local media PM News.

He affirmed that Boko Haram remains a threat not just to Nigeria but the subregion.

Heavily armed Islamist militants abducted 110 girls from their school in Dapchi, in Yobe state, northeast Nigeria, on February 19.

With less than one year to the general elections, he promised to ensure free and fair polls.

"But the way we support is in providing them capability capacity with equipment and also training of the personnel of special operations and sharing intelligence to ensure that they have all the information available to carry out the recovery effort".

A first visit by a high government official in the Trump administration to Nigeria, and it is aimed at deepening trade and Security ties between Nigeria and the United States of America. We hope that something can be developed to release these girls quickly.

In his response, the visiting U.S. Secretary of State commended President Buhari on his strides in the anti-corruption war, to which the Nigerian leader responded that moneys recovered are being invested on development of infrastructure.

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