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U. S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson rounded off his first official trip to five African countries late Monday with a brief meeting with Nigerian leader Muhammadu behind closed doors.

"Tillerson is expected to be joined in the press conference by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama", the embassy stated.

He said the visit would be part of his "condolence and sympathy visits to areas where we have had unfortunate events".

The president had gone to condole with the state after suspected herdsmen killed over 70 people in the state in January.

He pledged free and fair polls in 2019, recalling that the then U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, had visited before the 2015 polls "and told the party in government then and those of us in opposition to behave ourselves and we did".

He said there was the need to increase the volume of trade between the US and Nigeria.

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He will next visit Nigeria before flying home later Monday.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday slammed last month's mass abduction of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria and promised Washington's "full support" in the country's fight against Boko Haram jihadists. On trade policy, HIV/AIDS and humanitarian aid, the United States at times seems at odds with itself, muddying efforts to show it wants the continent to flourish and is here to help.

He assured that the United States government has offered to assist Nigeria in ensuring speedy rescue of the girls by providing materials, intelligence training, among others.

During the meeting, the two also agreed to establish compact bi-annual consultations that would review the state of the two countries' relationship and support for Jubilee's Big Four agenda. "They have established themselves in various regions". The officials' comments followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May.

He had cancelled most of his schedule in Kenya on Saturday due to illness but recovered later on Sunday.

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