President Buhari Hosts US Secretary Of State, Tillerson

Buhari receives US secretary of state at Aso Rock

Buhari receives US secretary of state at Aso Rock

Our correspondent who was in Chibok at the weekend, gathered that the visit was essentially to sympathise with parents of the recently abducted schoolgirls from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi.

Tillerson was in Abuja, Nigeria's capital yesterday, where he pledged the support of the U.S. in securing the quick release of the Dapchi and remaining Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists. The girls were reportedly kidnapped by members of Boko Haram, a Jihadist militant organization who previously kidnapped nearly 300 girls in 2014. had reported that President Trump announced his decision to remove Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"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".

He thanked the United States for 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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A first visit by a high government official in the Trump administration to Nigeria, and it is aimed at deepening trade and Security ties between Nigeria and the United States of America. 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.

The visiting Secretary of State commended President Buhari on his strides in the anti-corruption war, to which the Nigerian leader responded that moneys recovered are being invested on development of infrastructure.

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

Buhari explained to Tillerson, how his government plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town in February 2018, rather than use a military operation to free them by force.

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