US Secretary of State Tillerson meets Buhari, speaks on #DapchiGirls

We have chosen negotiation for rescue of abducted students – Buhari tells Tillerson

Buhari meets US Secretary of State, Tillerson, in Aso Rock

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

Mr. Yakubu Nkeki and Mrs. Yana Galang, Chairman and Woman Leader of the Abducted GGSS Chibok schoolgirls Parents' Movement for Rescue, would tomorrow lead 30 parents of mostly yet to be found Chibok schoolgirls to visit Dapchi where they would share experiences. Critics of this approach say by paying ransom to Boko Haram, the government was indirectly financing the terrorist group and this will ultimately hurt the country. Members of the group are suspected of the latest kidnapping, on February 19, in the state of Yobe.

The President stated this when he received the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in audience at State House, Abuja, on Monday.

President Muhamamdu Buhari has disclosed that the federal government is negotiating the release of the schoolgirls Boko Haram abducted from Chibok and Dapchi.

"President Buhari added that Nigeria was working in concert with worldwide organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors", the presidency statement said.

Both Buhari and Tillerson met briefly at the Presidential Villa on Monday, where they talked on wide range of issues bordering on security, economic ties, among others.

Tillerson in his remark said the United States was ready to help Nigeria especially in the area of economy.

REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari inspects the guard of honour during the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Abuja, Nigeria January 15, 2018.

The US Secretary of State had visited Chad before coming to Nigeria where he had announced a 533 million dollar aid package for Africa out of which 128 million dollars was meant for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries.

The emailed statement also said Buhari thanked the US for assistance rendered in the fight against Boko Haram, noting that Nigerian forces are good but need assistance with training and equipment.

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