Talking better to rescue schoolgirls: Nigerian leader

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson President Buhari

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.

"We are trying to be careful".

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

Nigeria's presidency said on Monday it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month, rather than use a military operation to free them by force.

Tillerson, who was greeted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, is on the final part of his first tour of Africa since becoming secretary of state.

Before Nigeria, the US Secretary of State visited Chad, a major ally in the fight against Boko Haram.

"But I think it is also important to put this in a broad regional context as well".

She said they would go there, sit, listen and talk to one another about managing situations as traumatized parents whose daughters were still in Boko Haram's hands.

"The United States is very much engaged in the coordinated effort (of the Combined Multinational Force), both in equipment and training and in advice and information". I think that is the best way we have been helping the government of Nigeria secure the release of the girls, which we hope, will be done in a peaceful manner. We hope that something can be developed to release these girls quickly.

The visiting 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.

Nigeria on its part through its Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama thanked the United States for the technical support given towards tackling terrorism in its borders.

"Now, there is a challenge with regards to sporadic suicides and bombings and of course largely, there is kidnapping of the girls".

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