The United States has expressed its readiness to support President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to rescue the more than 200 girls seized by Boko Haram militants from Chibok school in Borno State on April 14, 2014.
American Vice President, Joe Biden, renewed the assurance in a telephone chat with Buhari in Abuja while congratulating him on his election victory.
According to excerpts from their discussion, made available to diplomatic correspondents in Abuja, Biden also said his country was ready to expand collaboration with Nigeria.
“Vice-President Biden spoke with Nigerian President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to congratulate him on his victory in the recent Nigerian elections and affirm that the United States stands ready to expand collaboration with Nigeria on issues of common concern, including economic and security matters.
“The Vice-President commended President-elect Buhari for his leadership in helping to ensure the elections were conducted peacefully and urged him to continue to foster a smooth, inclusive, and peaceful transition with President Jonathan.
“The Vice-President expressed the United States’ support for Nigeria’s efforts to counter Boko Haram, recover hostages held by the group, and protect civilian populations. The Vice President also expressed the willingness of the United States to partner more closely with Nigeria to strengthen its economy.”