Buhari discusses with US Secretary, Rex Tillerson in Aso Rock


Instead of spending Monday night in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, before flying back to Washington, Tillerson's spokesman said the secretary had changed his schedule so that he would spend only a few hours in Nigeria before leaving late in the evening to fly home. In April 2014, more than 200 girls were stolen from a school in Chibok, Borno State.

Tillerson was on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria on a visit.

Buhari's office said the president asked Tillerson for further support in terms of training and equipment, without elaborating.

An official statement by the Nigerian government said another important aspect of Buhari's discussion with Tillerson was the issue of the 110 abducted girls from a college in Nigeria's northeastern town of Dapchi. "It is better to get our daughters back alive", the President said.

He said the U.S. government is cautioning countries to look carefully at the implications of the deals. 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.

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He had initially been scheduled to stay there overnight, hold further meetings on Tuesday with U.S. embassy staff and then fly back to Washington.

Chad a year ago was stunned to find itself on one of six Muslim-majority countries whose countries are affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban. Chad's military provides troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions, it hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees and it's also helping counter militant groups linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State in neighboring Libya.

Progress had been made with dealing with what has been cited as the reason for including Chad on the list - problems with its passports, which are not biometric.

The Secretary expressed concern about the recent attacks and abductions and agreed to expand counterterrorism cooperation to diminish the threats to USA and Nigerian interests.