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Secretary of State of the United States of Americas, Rex Tillerson has expressed his support for Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram, a month after the kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls in the north-east of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is focused on securing the rescue of abducted Chibok and Dapchi girls but that they have chosen the path of negotiation rather than military option.

President Muhamamdu Buhari has disclosed that the federal government is negotiating the release of the schoolgirls Boko Haram abducted from Chibok and Dapchi.

The two men discussed the use of negotiations to bring back the abducted schoolgirls, the statement said, adding that Nigeria was working together with global organizations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls are released unharmed by their captors.

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President Muhammadu Buhari, a 75-year-old former military ruler, discussed the use of negotiations during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the capital, Abuja, the presidency said.

"We are trying to be careful".

President Buhari added that he would be in Yobe State later in the week, from where the Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted "as part of my 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. They reviewed plans for presidential elections in 2019, and considered opportunities to promote Nigeria's economic recovery, enhance trade, and increase investment.

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"We hope that something can be worked out and they can secure the release of these girls quickly".

Nigeria is grappling with an insurgency by Boko Haram that has killed at least 20,000 people since 2009.

The statement said Tillerson, for his part, commended Buhari on his determined anti-bribery and corruption campaign, with the Nigerian leader saying that money recovered was being invested in developing infrastructure.

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