We’re negotiating Chibok, Dapchi schoolgirls release, Buhari tells Tillerson

Rex Tillerson and President Muhammadu Buhari in presidential villa, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said, while receiving the United States Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, that the desire of the Federal Government was to release the abducted Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls alive from the Boko Haram’s den.

He further explained why his administration choose negotiation, instead of military option, was to secure their safe release.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the President as saying that Nigeria was working in hand with international organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their abductors.

“We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive,” says the President.

However, Buhari appreciated assistance rendered by US in the fight against insurgency, adding that “Nigeria forces are good but need assistance in the areas of adequate training and equipment.”

The President also promised he would continue to do his best to secure the country, noting that he would visit Yobe State, from where the schoolgirls were abducted, later this week “as part of my sympathy visit to areas where we have had unfortunate events.”

While speaking on 2019 General elections, Buhari pledged free and Fair polls, as he recalled the then American Secretary of state, John Kerry, visited before the 2015 elections.

He recalled that Kerry instructed the party in government then, and those of us in opposition to behave ourselves and we did

Meanwhile, the Secretary of state commended the President for his fight against corruption, to which Buhari responded that money recovered was being invested in developing infrastructure.

Tillerson acknowledged that Nigeria was a very important country to the US, adding that “You have our support in your challenges. We will provide peaceful polls in 2029 and also support opportunities to expand the economy and commercial investments.”

The Minister of Women Affairs and social Development, Aisha Alhassan, said the Buhari’s administration of some committed to the protection of rights of vulnerable persons, especially women and children, in line with international laws.



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