Why We Prefer Negotiation To Military Option For Chibok, Dapchi Schoolgirls Rescue

13 March, 2018, 22:00 | Author: Wade Massey
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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday slammed last month's mass abduction of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria and promised Washington's "full support" in the country's fight against Boko Haram jihadists.

He said his government is prioritizing negotiation rather than military option.

UNITED States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja before expressing his hope to journalists that Dapchi school girls recently abducted by Boko Haram would be released peacefully through some sort of negotiation.

He rather indicated that Nigeria was working with worldwide organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were brought back unharmed.

The Secretary expressed concern about the recent attacks and abductions and agreed to expand counterterrorism cooperation to diminish the threats to USA and Nigerian interests.

"We are trying to be careful".

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"But I think it is also important to put this in a broad regional context as well, Boko Haram is a threat to other regions and this has been the subject of my meetings elsewhere and in Africa as well".

In a meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Muhammadu Buhari said his administration is "working in concert with global organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls are released unharmed by their captors", according to a statement released by his office after a closed-door meeting.

President Buhari also promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country.

He said the U.S is looking forward to free and fair elections in Nigeria next year. "We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019", the statement quoted Tillerson as saying. 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.

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