Tillerson leaves the country after 3-day visit


The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is now in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja after arriving the country on Monday, March 12, 2018.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks about the US relationship with Africa and his upcoming trip to the continent at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on March 6, 2018.

Tillerson was in Chad on Monday for talks with President Idriss Deby, an important American ally whose military is battling al-Qaeda and ISIS-affiliated groups in the Sahel region.

"The recent kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls is heartbreaking", Tillerson said on his arrival in the capital Abuja on the final leg of an African tour.

The United States has agreed to sell Nigeria 12 Super Tucano A-29 ground attack aircraft in a $593 million deal, which the country's foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday would be a "game-changer".

Officials of the USA with their Nigerian counterparts.

"We've not heard anything directly back from North Korea, although we expect to hear something directly from them", he said.

Following their talks, Buhari's office issued a statement saying the president discussed plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi last month rather than use a military option.

He arrived from Chad, where he also promised support for a state fighting jihadism.

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Mr Tillerson was also accompanied on the visit by his Chief of Staff, Margaret Peterlin; Colonel John Walker, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington. They have settled in several regions,"he said, recalling U".