Nigerian presidency to negotiate release of 110 abducted Dapchi girls

Talking better to rescue schoolgirls Nigerian leader

Talking better to rescue schoolgirls Nigerian leader

Abuja: Nigeria's presidency says it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the north-eastern town of Dapchi last month, rather than use a military option to free them by force.

Tillerson was answering questions from journalists after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari added that the government was working in concert with global organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.

She said they would go there, sit, listen and talk to one another about managing situations as traumatized parents whose daughters were still in Boko Haram's hands.

President Buhari promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country, adding that he would be in Yobe State, from where Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted, later this week "as part of my condolence and sympathy visits to areas where we have had unfortunate events".

Tillerson, who later briefed newsmen alongside the Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said the American government would assist Nigeria with latest security equipment and intelligence sharing in its efforts toward the safe return of the abducted schoolgirls in Yobe and Borno.

The group's chairman, Yakubu Nkeki, said the meeting is an attempt to strengthen the faith and raise the hopes of Dapchi parents.

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

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 will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019", the statement quoted Tillerson as saying. But the way we support is in providing them capability, capacity in handling equipment, training, and personnel for special operations and sharing of intelligence to ensure that they have all the information available for the rescue of the girls.

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