Nigeria's President Negotiating the Release Of 100 Abducted Schoolgirls

Erika Holt
March 14, 2018

Nigeria's presidency said on Monday it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month, rather than use a military operation to free them by force.

"Secretary Rex Tillerson met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja today as part of the conclusion of his first trip to the continent as Secretary".

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.

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday declared that NIGERIA would prefer to have the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram back alive through negotiations rather than adopt a military option.

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

I think this is the best way to help the Nigerian government to get these girls released, which we hope will be done peacefully.

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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.

"We are trying to be careful". Boko Haram is a threat to other regions and this has been the subject of my meetings elsewhere and in Africa as well.

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

He said the U.S has been supporting every effort to tackle terrorism in Nigeria.

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

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, while reacting to claims earlier made by the government that Boko Haram has been degraded, recanted by saying what the Federal Government actually meant was that the sect members now lacked the capacity to hold any territory to ransom.

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