Rex Tillerson to help Nigerian govt get abducted girls freed

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

The two men discussed the use of negotiations to bring back the abducted schoolgirls, the statement said, adding that Nigeria was working together with worldwide organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls are released unharmed by their captors.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly in negotiations for the safe return of over 100 girls who were recently kidnapped from the Government Girls Science Technical College in the Yobe State. had reported that President Trump announced his decision to remove Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"We are trying to be careful".

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.

Buhari thanked the United States 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".

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On specific ways the American government would assist Nigeria combat terrorism, Tillerson said, "First, we respect the responsibilities of the government of Nigeria and the territorial integrity of Nigeria". They reviewed plans for presidential elections in 2019, and considered opportunities to promote Nigeria's economic recovery, enhance trade, and increase investment.

Before Nigeria, the US Secretary of State visited Chad, a major ally in the fight against Boko Haram. We hope that something can be developed to release these girls quickly.

He said that was why his administration chose negotiation, rather than military option, to secure their release.

Buhari and the US Secretary of State also discussed counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian issues in Nigeria's North-East and in the Lake Chad Basin.

Tillerson also stressed the need to increase the volume of trade between the USA and Nigeria which he said stood at nine billion dollars.

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