Published: Wed, March 14, 2018

US Secretary of State Lands In Abuja

US Secretary of State Lands In Abuja

The United States has still "not heard anything directly back" from Pyongyang over plans for a US-North Korean summit, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday as he urged patience.

Parallels were immediately drawn to the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok in 2014, which captured world attention and contributed to the ouster of Buhari's predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.

He said the visit would be part of his "condolence and sympathy visits to areas where we have had unfortunate events". I think this is the best way to help the Nigerian government to get these girls released, which we hope will be done peacefully.

President Buhari welcomed the USA top diplomat in company with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, and his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

President Buhari said Nigeria prefers to have the schoolgirls back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than military option. They also reviewed constructive steps Chad has taken to meet the information-sharing and identity management requirements of Presidential Proclamation 9645 of September 24, 2017.

Tillerson arrived in Abuja from N'Djamena, where he said Washington supported the fight by the so-called G5 Sahel countries against jihadists in the volatile Saharan region.

Chad previous year was stunned to find itself on one of six mainly-Muslim countries whose countries are affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban.

When responding a question on alternatives to Chinese loans, he said if the Nigerian government could create the right conditions around infrastructural investments, it could access loans from the U.S. He says he believes those steps will "allow us to begin to normalize the travel relationship with Chad".

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