Nigeria's President Reportedly Negotiates Release Of Abducted Schoolgirls

S Buhari visits school where Boko Haram abducted 110 students

Nigerian presidency to negotiate release of 110 abducted Dapchi girls

The exterior of Government Girls Science and Tech College in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria, raided by Boko Haram militants on February 22.

"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. It is better to get our daughters back alive", the President said. "That's our prayer", Tillerson said.

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 school girls were abducted, later this week "as part of my condolence and sympathy visits to areas where we have had unfortunate events".

Similar criticisms were levelled by Buhari's then-opposition party at the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan after the Chibok kidnapping.

Apart from the three states, the President will visit Zamfara and Rivers State all of which have witnessed killings linked to herdsmen.

Buhari was received by the Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, Borno state Governor, kashim Shettima and others.

Nigerian presidency to negotiate release of 110 abducted Dapchi girls

He said Nigeria was working in concert with global organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.

This Day reports that as high-wire politics takes centre stage over the decision by President Buhari to decline assent to the Electoral (Amendment) bill, the National Assembly has announced its intention to retransmit a tweaked version of bill to the president for his assent. The Chibok Girls were not rescued. When we talked of having degraded Boko Haram, we were referring specifically to the situation that we confronted when the government took over.

The government denied a ransom was paid. The girls were reportedly kidnapped by members of Boko Haram, a Jihadist militant organization who previously kidnapped nearly 300 girls in 2014.

Boko Haram has killed 20,000 people since 2009 but it no longer holds the large tracts of territory that it did in late 2014.

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