By Isaac Aregbesola
Abuja – As Nigeria celebrates 56th Independence Anniversary, the U.S. has reiterated its commitment to deepen its partnership for the betterment of the country.
This is contained in a statement by the Information Unit of U.S. Embassy, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State said this in an independent anniversary message to Nigeria.
The U.S. secretary of state said that President Barak 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.
“There is still much work to be done to provide economic opportunities for all, end corruption, win the fight against Boko Haram, ensure broad respect for human rights and provide humanitarian relief for millions of displaced people.
“But we know that Nigerians are working hard to address these challenges.
“The U.S. 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,” he said.
Kerry who visited Nigeria recently said he went away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future.