President Muhammadu Buhari has told visiting US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson that negotiations are underway to rescue kidnapped girls in the North east.
Buhari says the country is working in concert with international organisations to ensure the release of schoolgirls captured by Boko Haram terrorists.
On 19 February, 110 schoolgirls were captured by the Boko Haram extremists in Dapchi, Yobe State.
“We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive,” the President said.
President Buhari said Nigeria prefers to have the schoolgirls back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than military option.
He thanked America for assistance rendered in the fight against insurgency, noting that Nigerian forces are good, “but need assistance in the areas of training and equipment.”
President Buhari promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country, adding that he would be in Yobe State, from where Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted, later this week as part of his condolence visits to areas where these unfortunate events have occurred.
The President pledged free and fair polls in 2019, recalling that the then American Secretary of State, John Kerry, had visited before the 2015 polls, “and he told the party in government then, and those of us in opposition, to behave ourselves, and we did.”
The visiting Secretary of State commended President Buhari on his strides in the anti-corruption war, to which the Nigerian leader responded that monies recovered are being invested on development of infrastructure.
Tillerson said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, stressing: “You have our support in your challenges. We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019.”
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