US Secretary, Tillerson, meets Buhari in Abuja

US Secretary Of State, Tillerson, Arrives Nigeria Today

Tillerson Flies to Chad, Nigeria

President Buhari said Nigeria has chosen the option of negotiation over the use of force to secure the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls and the remaining Chibok girls in the custody of the insurgents. "It is better to get our daughters back alive", the President said.

He thanked the United States government for assistance rendered in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency, especially in the areas of training and equipping Nigerian soldiers.

It was his first diplomatic visit to the continent where many are still smarting from U.S. President Donald Trump's reported dismissal of states there as "shithole" countries in January.

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During talks with President Kenyatta at State House on Friday, the envoy said the USA is interested in widening its investment in Kenya as well as strengthening the bilateral and trade relations.

"As our work continues to end terrorism, those who sought to divide us here have failed", said Tillerson. Chad, with its long border with Libya and proximity to Nigeria and Mali, is particularly affected by the threat of instability and extremism in the region.

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.

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He will next visit Nigeria before flying home later Monday.

"There will be a report prepared in the United States later this month".

"The president expressed his incomprehension with respect to this measure and he does hope Chad will be dropped soon from this list", Cherif said.

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He arrived from Chad, where he also promised support for a state fighting jihadism. "It is enduring. And we will build on our shared values and our shared future, which remains very strong".

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