Nigerian leader favors negotiation over military action to help free schoolgirls

Henrietta Strickland
March 13, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari, a 75-year-old former military ruler, discussed the use of negotiations during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the capital, Abuja, the presidency said.

"But what we are cautioning countries is to look carefully, that the implications of the level of debts, the terms of the debts, and whether the arrangements around the local financing are intact creating jobs, local capacity or the projects being carried out by foreign labour being brought to your country".

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

Buhari thanked the U.S. for the assistance rendered in the fight against insurgency, noting that "Nigerian forces are good but need assistance in the areas of training and equipment".

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".

Tillerson said Nigeria was a very important country to the US, stressing: "You have our support in your challenges".

Nigeria and the United States of America are set to establish a Commercial and Investment Dialogue as well as a Trade and Investment Framework Council between the two countries as a way of deepening trade and investment opportunities.

While the Chairman said some parents of freed Chibok Schoolgirls would be in the delegation to strengthen the faith and raise the hope of the GGSTC Dapchi missing Schoolgirls' parents that their daughters would one day return home safely.

While some of the Chibok girls have been freed by the Nigerian government under the Buhari led administration after what security sources say were ransom payments, around 100 are still being held.

He commended Nigeria for the leadership role it has played in the Multinational Joint Task Force as the Lake Chad Basin Countries fight to lessen the influence and terrorist acts of Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa, in their domains.

"So, the United States is ready to engage and coordinate efforts as well".

"I think that is the best way we have been helping the government of Nigeria secure the release of the girls, which we hope, will be done in a peaceful manner".

"We have seen this occurred in other countries that were not so careful and has result they got themselves in situation where they awfully lost control of their infrastructure, lost the ownership, the operationalization of it".

"But it's is work in progress, if I can use the word work to describe that kind of activity".

"There is a lot of effort and there has been a lot of success, really concrete successes that have been achieved".

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