As the issue of the Dipachi school girls continue to cause a dark shadow on the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has said the desire of the Federal Government was to have the schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram sect from Chibok and Dapchi back alive.
The president said that was why his administration chose negotiation, rather than military option, to secure their release.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Adesina quoted the President as saying that Nigeria was working in concert with international organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.
“We are trying to be careful. It is better to get our daughters back alive,” the President said.
Buhari thanked the US for the assistance rendered in the fight against insurgency, noting that “Nigerian forces are good but need assistance in the areas of training and equipment.”