Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

United States embassy to Nigeria gives details of Rex Tillerson's visit to Nigeria

United States embassy to Nigeria gives details of Rex Tillerson's visit to Nigeria

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.

Receiving the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, at State House, Abuja, Monday, Mr. Buhari added that Nigeria was working with global organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.

U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has been removed after completing his first African tour.

Secretary of State of the United States of Americas, Rex Tillerson has expressed his support for Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram, a month after the kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls in the north-east of the country.

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.

I think this is the best way to help the Nigerian government to get these girls released, which we hope will be done peacefully. 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 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.

S. top diplomat said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S.

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

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, while reacting to claims earlier made by the government that Boko Haram has been degraded, recanted by saying what the Federal Government actually meant was that the sect members now lacked the capacity to hold any territory to ransom.

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