Tillerson to spend few hours in Nigeria

Four days into official visit, Tillerson falls sick in Kenya, cancels engagements

He will next visit Nigeria before flying home later Monday.

President Buhari said Nigeria prefers to have the schoolgirls back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than military option.

Buhari said: "We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive", the President said.

Buhari visited Benue earlier today as part of his official tour of troubled areas in the country.

Tillerson said the US will assist Nigeria with latest security equipment and intelligence sharing in its efforts toward the safe return of the abducted schoolgirls.

In his remark, Tillerson commended Buhari on his strides in the anti-corruption war, to which the Nigerian leader responded that funds recovered were being invested on development of infrastructure.




He further urged Africans to explore US alternative financing mechanism instead of taking loans from China, noting that Chinese loans need to be looked at carefully as they have failed to yield the desired result in other places.

"He is also expected to discuss how to advance peace and security, promote good governance, and spur mutually beneficial trade and investment with the president".

Tillerson, who later briefed newsmen alongside the Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the American government would assist Nigeria with latest security equipment and intelligence sharing in its efforts toward the safe return of the abducted schoolgirls in Yobe and Borno. And in the months since, the US has repeatedly praised Chad's efforts to improve its compliance with USA requirements.

"But we have been supporting, equipping, training and when we can provide information".

"The president expressed his incomprehension with respect to this measure and he does hope Chad will be dropped soon from this list", Cherif said. S. support for the G5 Sahel multinational force, for which Washington pledged financial support. "They have established themselves in various regions". "It is enduring. And we will build on our shared values and our shared future, which remains very strong".

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