Tillerson Vows US 'full support' for Nigeria in War Against Jihadists

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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.

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria said Nigerian authorities prefer to negotiate with Boko Haram group which abducted schoolgirls for the release of the hostages rather than resorting to military action.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said the desire of the Federal Government was to have the schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram sect from Chibok and Dapchi back alive.

He rather indicated that Nigeria was working with worldwide organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were brought back unharmed.

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.

"We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive", Buhari said as quoted by local media PM News.

Tillerson was in Nigeria for the last stop in a week-long tour of African countries, his first trip to the continent as Secretary of State, during which he has emphasized security partnerships.

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

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

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

"We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019", he added.

The statement said Tillerson, for his part, commended Buhari on his determined anti-bribery and corruption campaign, with the Nigerian leader saying that money recovered was being invested in developing infrastructure.