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.
"We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive", he said in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. 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.
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.
On preparations for the 2019 general elections, the president pledged that there will be free and fair polls come next year.
"In my discussion with President Derby in Chad earlier today, we spoke about the threat of Boko Haram and I think it is important and it's really been powerful".
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"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".
The visiting Secretary of State commended Buhari for his strides in the anti-corruption war, to which the Nigerian leader responded that money recovered was being invested in development of infrastructure. We hope that something can be worked out and they can secure the release of these girls quickly, " he said.
President Buhari met and discussed the use of negotiations during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in Nigeria for the last stop in a week-long tour of African countries.
Nigeria on its part through its Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama thanked the United States for the technical support given towards tackling terrorism in its borders.
"Fighting terrorism is a new challenge globally. So as a conventional military threat, Boko Haram has been completely degraded".