The American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has assured President Muhammadu Buhari that his country will continue to support the challenges he is facing in administering the country.
Rex Tillerson, who was on a day official visit to Nigeria today, Monday, commended President Buhari on his strides in the anti-corruption war.
The US Scribe said that Nigeria is a very important country to his country, adding: “you have our support in your challenges. We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019.”
President Buhari gave reasons why his government embarked on negotiation with Boko Haram insurgents for the release of abducted schoolgirls from Chibok and Dapchi, adding that one of the reasons is to ensure that the girls come back alive.
President Buhari said that Nigeria is working in concert with international organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls are released unharmed by their captors, saying: “we are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive.”
The President thanked America for assistance rendered in the fight against insurgency, adding that Nigerian forces are good, “but need assistance in the areas of training and equipment.”
President Buhari promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country, adding that he would be in Yobe State, from where Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted, later this week “as part of my condolence and sympathy visits to areas where we have had unfortunate events.”
The President pledged free and fair polls in 2019, recalling that the then American Secretary of State, John Kerry, had visited before the 2015 polls, “and he told the party in government then, and those of us in opposition, to behave ourselves, and we did.” [myad]