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

President Buhari meets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

President Buhari meets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Our correspondent who was in Chibok at the weekend, gathered that the visit was essentially to sympathise with parents of the recently abducted schoolgirls from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi.

The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja to strengthen the US partnership with Nigeria.

Though Shekau, the popular leader of the group claims the kidnap of the Chibok girls, no one is certain about the faction behind the latest kidnap of the Dapchi schoolgirls on February 19, 2018.

Nigeria prefers to have the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than a military option, President Buhari told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a meeting in Abuja on Monday, according to a statement released by the presidency.

Tillerson stated this when he briefed newsmen alongside Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

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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.

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

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.

"In my discussion with President Derby in Chad earlier today, we spoke about the threat of Boko Haram and I think it is important and it's really been powerful". But we have been supporting, equipping, training and when we can provide information.

Tillerson also stressed the need to increase the volume of trade between the USA and Nigeria which he said stood at nine billion dollars. We hope that something can be developed to release these girls quickly.

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