As Nigeria celebrates 56th Independence Anniversary on October one, the U.S. has reiterated its commitment to deepen its partnership for the betterment of the country.
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said this in an independent anniversary message to Nigeria.
The U.S. secretary of state said that President Barack Obama also congratulated Nigeria on its 56th anniversary.
Kerry noted that there were still much to be done by the government and the people to address myriad challenges facing Nigeria.
Kerry’s statement read: “On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on Oct. 1.
“I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future.
“During my trip, I was reminded that many Nigerians are engaged in bringing people together across the divides of culture, religious practices, and ethnicity.’’
According to Kerry, there is still much work to be done to provide economic opportunities for all, end corruption, win the fight against Boko Haram and ensure broad respect for human rights.
Kerry said Nigeria should provide humanitarian relief for millions of displaced people.
“But we know that Nigerians are hard at work to address these challenges. The United States looks forward to deepening our partnership and friendship with Nigerians from all walks of life so that we may work together for the betterment of Nigeria and all of Africa.
“Best wishes to all of you on the 56th anniversary of your independence.”