United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa and expressed hope that the Nigerian government can secure the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls.
The dreaded terrorist group, Boko Haram, had earlier this month abducted the Dapchi schoolgirls numbering 110 while the government still has no idea where the girls have been taken.
Speaking on his visit to the Villa, Tillerson expressed optimism that the Dapchi schoolgirls would be released peacefully through some sort of negotiation.
Addressing the press after the meeting with President Buhari, Tillerson stated the American government is ready to assist the Nigerian government in securing the release of the girls and their Chibok counterparts still in Boko Haram captivity, including providing materials, intelligence training, among others.
He affirmed that Boko Haram remains a threat not just to Nigeria but the subregion.
Tillerson commended President Buhari for leading the subregion in the fight against terrorism as well as his fight against corruption which he noted had earned the president recognition at the African Union.