Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

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

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

Parents of the remaining GGSS Chibok missing schoolgirls from Chibok LGA of Borno state are set to begin their journey tomorrow morning to Dapchi town to sympathize with the parents of the 110 missing GGSTC Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by boko Haram insurgents last month.

"We are trying to be careful".

The statement from the Presidency also said Buhari thanked the USA for assistance rendered in the fight against Boko Haram, noting that Nigerian forces are good but need assistance with training and equipment.

"The U.S. - Nigeria partnership builds on our shared interests in mutually beneficial trade, combatting the scourge of terrorism, advancing peace and security, and responding to development and governance challenges". While the group terrifies nearly anyone in their path, members of Boko Haram have taken particular aim at schools due to their belief that western civilization and education should be forbidden.

President Buhari promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country, adding that he would go to Yobe, where Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted, later this week.

In September 2017, some 100 Chibok girls were reunited with their families after the Nigerian government shelled out over €2 million in ransom payments to Boko Haram terrorists. Boko Haram is a threat to other regions and this has been the subject of my meetings elsewhere and in Africa as well.

Before Nigeria, the US Secretary of State visited Chad, a major ally in the fight against Boko Haram.

On preparations for the 2019 general elections, the president pledged that there will be free and fair polls come next year.

"The United States is very much engaged in the coordinated effort (of the Combined Multinational Force), both in equipment and training and in advice and information". But we have been supporting, equipping, training and when we can provide information. We hope that something can be developed to release these girls quickly.

The presidency said the president made this known to US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson during his brief visit and meeting with the Nigerian President on Monday, March 12, 2018.

In his contribution, Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said Nigeria had succeeded in degrading Boko Haram, contrary to reports in the social media. When we talked of having degraded Boko Haram, we were referring specifically to the situation that we were confronted with when the government took over.

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