Mar 13 2018
Why We Are Careful About Rescue Of Chibok, Dapchi Girls – President Buhari
– The President Buhari-led administration is said to be using dialogue approach for the rescue of the abducted Dapchi and Chibok girls
– According to President Buhari, military option would be dangerous
– He promised that his administration would continue to do its best to secure the country
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is focused on securing the rescue of abducted Chibok and Dapchi girls but that they have chosen the path of negotiation rather than military option.
The president made this remark when he received the United States secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, at the State House on Monday, March 12. In a statement by Femi Adesina who is the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, President Buhari also assured the US of free and fair poll in 2019.
Tillerson in his remark said the US was ready to help Nigeria especially in the area of economy.
The statement reads: “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 military option, says President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Receiving the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in audience at State House, Abuja, Monday, President Buhari added that Nigeria was working in concert with international organizations 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,” the President said.
“He thanked America for assistance rendered in the fight against insurgency, noting 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.”
Buhari was commended by the visiting secretary of state 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 said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, stressing: “You have our support in your challenges. We will also support opportunities to expand the economy, commercial investments, and peaceful polls in 2019.”
It will be recalled that President Buhari expressed sympathy to the people of Benue state saying his administration will continue to work towards providing peace to all Nigerians.
The president made this remark during his sympathy visit to Benue state on Monday, March 12 to carry out an assessment of the security situation of the state.