Sometime in May 2017, reports emerged that the federal government had paid 2 million euros in ransom to secure the release of some Chibok girls.

It appears the government is planning the same measure for the recently abducted 110 girls in Dapchi town, Yobe State.

On Monday, the presidency said rather than try to rescue the girls by force through military operation, it plans to negotiate for their release.

The use of negotiation was part of what President Muhammadu Buhari and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed in Abuja.

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“Nigeria prefers to have schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than a military option,” Buhari’s office said in an emailed statement issued by the president’s spokesman.

“President Buhari added that Nigeria was working in concert with international organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors,” the presidency statement said.

The emailed statement also said Buhari thanked the U.S. for assistance rendered in the fight against Boko Haram, noting that Nigerian forces are good but need assistance with training and equipment.

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