The kidnapping is one of the largest since the jihadist group Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014.
"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 a military option", Buhari's office said in an emailed statement issued by the president's spokesman.
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In September 2017, some 100 Chibok girls were reunited with their families after the Nigerian government shelled out over €2 million in ransom payments to Boko Haram terrorists.
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"But I think it is also important to put this in a broad regional context as well, Boko Haram is a threat to other regions and this has been the subject of my meetings elsewhere and in Africa as well".
"But what we are cautioning countries is to look carefully, that the implications of the level of debts, the terms of the debts, and whether the arrangements around the local financing are intact creating jobs, local capacity or the projects being carried out by foreign labour being brought to your country". The girls were reportedly kidnapped by members of Boko Haram, a Jihadist militant organization who previously kidnapped nearly 300 girls in 2014. We hope that something can be developed to release these girls quickly.
In his response, the visiting U.S. 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.
President Buhari met and discussed the use of negotiations during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in Nigeria for the last stop in a week-long tour of African countries.