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Nigeria Wants 110 Abducted Dapchi Girls Released Through Negotiation

Nigeria Wants 110 Abducted Dapchi Girls Released Through Negotiation

"Our chairman has already communicated to the Chairman of the abducted Dapchi girls' parents and chairman of the Bursari Local Government Council, notifying them of our sympathy visit to Dapchi town on 13th March", Mrs. Galang said.

"Nigeria prefers to have schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than a military option", Buhari's office said in an emailed statement issued by the president's spokesman.

He said Nigeria was working in concert with worldwide organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.

He disclosed this when he received the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in an audience at State House, Abuja, Monday.

The emailed statement also said Buhari thanked the US for assistance rendered in the fight against Boko Haram, noting that Nigerian forces are good but need assistance with training and equipment.

President Buhari also promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country.

He affirmed that Boko Haram remains a threat not just to Nigeria but the subregion.




The Leadership newspaper said Buhari has replied critics accusing him of apathy towards the wanton killings in the country and that there was no way he could overlook the carnages in Benue State or any other parts of Nigeria.

He said the recent abduction of 110 girls from Dapchi, Yobe State, though condemnable, a deal could be brokered to set them free.

On preparations for the 2019 general elections, the president pledged that there will be free and fair polls come next year.

Means to advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment were also brought up at the meeting.

"We hope that something can be worked out and they can secure the release of these girls quickly".

In his response, the visiting U.S. 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.


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