US Secretary of State meets with Nigerian Prez

US Secretary of State meets with Nigerian Prez

Receiving the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, at State House, Abuja, Monday, Mr. Buhari added that Nigeria was working with worldwide organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.

He, however, expressed the hope that both the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls would return home.

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured that Nigeria was working in concert with global organisations and negotiators to ensure that both Dapchi girls and remaining Chibok girls were released unharmed by their captors.

US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

"First, we respect the responsibilities of the government of Nigeria and the territorial integrity of Nigeria".

"We are trying to be careful".

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He is also expected to discuss how to advance peace and security, promote good governance and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment with the president.

Citing the recent abduction of the Dapchi girls as a case in point, the US Secretary assured of the United States' full support in the fight against terrorism.

The Foreign Affairs Minister clarified that the statement attributed to the Nigerian government on degrading Boko Haram, had referred to the insurgent's military capabilities admitting that Nigeria is still coming to terms with how to contain the asymmetric warfare Boko Haram is presently engaged in. I think that is the best way we have been helping the government of Nigeria secure the release of the girls, which we hope, will be done in a peaceful manner.

Buhari explained to Tillerson, how his government plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town in February 2018, rather than use a military operation to free them by force.

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

S. top diplomat said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S.

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