'Nigeria will rather negotiate abducted girls release than military option'

Buhari receives US secretary of state at Aso Rock

He said the recent abduction of 110 girls from Dapchi, Yobe State, though condemnable, a deal could be brokered to set them free.

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, hosted the United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why the Federal Government chose negotiation rather than the military option to secure the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls and the remaining Chibok girls in the custody of Boko Haram terrorists.

NAIJ.com had reported that President Trump announced his decision to remove Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

She said they would go there, sit, listen and talk to one another about managing situations as traumatized parents whose daughters were still in Boko Haram's hands.

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"But what we are cautioning countries is to look carefully, that the implications of the level of debts, the terms of the debts, and whether the arrangements around the local financing are intact creating jobs, local capacity or the projects being carried out by foreign labour being brought to your country".

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. We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019, " he added.

On specific ways the American government would assist Nigeria combat terrorism, Tillerson said, "First, we respect the responsibilities of the government of Nigeria and the territorial integrity of Nigeria". Boko Haram is a threat to other regions and this has been the subject of my meetings elsewhere and in Africa as well. We hope that something can be developed to release these girls quickly.

The visiting Secretary of State commended President Buhari on his effort in the anti-corruption war, the statement by Femi Adesina said.

Mr Tillerson described Nigeria as a very important country to the U.S, stressing: "You have our support in your challenges".

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