US restates commitment to Nigeria’s future

By: Mnena Iyorkegh, Abuja

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The United States of America has reiterated commitment to support Nigeria on its path toward a more equitable future for all its citizens.

This was disclosed in a statement by the US Embassy in Nigeria,  as the United States celebrates 246 years of independence.

US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard said  “United States continue to strive to strengthen our own imperfect union.We partner with Nigeria to strengthen health services, support educational institutions, boost agricultural production, provide security training and military equipment, and encourage entrepreneurship and private sector engagement – to name a few!”

According to Ambassador Leonard “As the United States celebrates 246 years of independence this year, we take time to recognize the key pillars of democracy.  Our thoughts turn to freedom of expression and respect for human rights, the rule of law, and the role of all citizens in determining the country’s future.

For Americans, celebrating Independence Day usually means reminiscing about our past and reflecting on what unites us – our principles, our history, and our shared humanity.  After nearly three years as the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, I am struck by how similar Nigeria and the United States are, as nations that seek to embrace diversity, build unity, and recommit to strengthening democracy.  That shared commitment produces a bond between our countries that goes beyond governments.  It is equally anchored in cultural and commercial relationships, as well as in people-to-people partnerships”.

Leonard, also noted that  in the coming year, the world will be focused on Africa’s largest democracy as Nigerians go to the polls, therefore Nigerians should be given the freedom to express themselves.

“In the lead up to the election season, we are reminded of the importance of robust debate, freedom of expression, and space for the many diverse voices in Nigeria to be heard.  Your voice and your actions matter.  Reject vote buying and violence.  Ask candidates questions about the issues you care about.  Vote!”

As the US Embassy observe the treasured U.S. Independence Day holiday, the Morehouse College Glee Club will be  celebrating the 50th anniversary of its performance in Nigeria since 1972.

The Glee Club will perform Nigerian and American music, and reach out to Nigerian youth and musicians.

According to the Ambassador, Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) like Morehouse College have a long history of educating African American teachers and professionals as well as international students.

“As we lift up our voices and sing with the Morehouse College Glee Club this week, we celebrate a vision for our future defined by diversity, equality, partnership, and hope”.

 

The Fourth of July, is the Independence Day, and the National Day of the United States of America. It is a federal holiday and also a holiday in all 50 states and other US territories on.

 

The Independence Day is the most patriotic and enthusiastically celebrated of all America’s holidays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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