President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday told the United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, that Nigeria prefers to have abducted schoolgirls from Chibok and Dapchi back alive, which is why the government chose negotiation, rather than military action.
Buhari noted that the federal government was working with internation organizations and negotiators to ensure that the girls return unharmed by Boko Haram.
“We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive,” he said
He further appreciated the US for its assistance in the fight against insurgency, noting that the Nigerian soldiers are good, but also need assistance in areas of training and equipments.
Mr. President also pledged a free and fair elections come 2019, saying that the former American Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited Nigeria before the 2015 elections. Saying that he (Kerry) “told the party in government then, and those of us in opposition, to behave ourselves, and we did.”
Mr. Tillerson said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, stressing: “You have our support in your challenges. We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019.”