Buhari confirms negotiation with Boko Haram for rescue of abducted schoolgirls

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

He disclosed this when he received the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in an audience at State House, Abuja, Monday.

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

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria said Nigerian authorities prefer to negotiate with Boko Haram group which abducted schoolgirls for the release of the hostages rather than resorting to military action.

Both Buhari and Tillerson met briefly at the Presidential Villa on Monday, where they talked on wide range of issues bordering on security, economic ties, among others.

He said "We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive", the President said.

He affirmed that Boko Haram remains a threat not just to Nigeria but the subregion.

President Buhari added that he would be in Yobe State later in the week, from where the Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted "as part of my condolence and sympathy visits to areas where we have had unfortunate events".

The Tribune said the Independent National Electoral Commission is considering burning unclaimed Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the 2019 general elections.

Tillerson, who was greeted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, is on the final part of his first tour of Africa since becoming secretary of state.

Means to advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment were also brought up at the meeting.

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.

"We hope that something can be worked out and they can secure the release of 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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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