SECRETARY of State Rex Tillerson ended his trip to Africa on Monday, promising the full backing of the United States to Nigeria on war on terror.
Tillerson, who was forced to cut short his visit “due to demands in (his) schedule”, notably promised Nigeria support ranging from equipment to intelligence to help secure the swift release of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped last month by Boko Haram militants.
Washington’s top diplomat slammed the mass, saying it was heartbreaking.
“Nigeria has the US in full support and we are actively working with our partners in what we can assist you in this fight,” Tillerson said on his arrival in Abuja on the final leg of an African tour.
“Nigeria has the United States’ full support and we are actively working with our partners in what we can to assist you in this fight.”
He said Washington was already “very engaged” with Nigeria and its neighbours “in supporting, equipping and training” as well as advising and providing information.
“I think that’s the best way we can help the government of Nigeria secure the release these girls, which we hope will be done in a peaceful manner,” Tillerson, added.
“We hope something can be worked out and they (Boko Haram) can be persuaded to release these girls quickly. That’s what we pray.”