By Joy Odor
The Secretary of State for tye United States of America (USA), Mr Antony Blinken has send the United States best wishes to the people of Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of its independence.
In a press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, Mr Blinken said the partnership between the two countries is strong and built on the shared values of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship.
According to him, the United States is committed to supporting Nigerian efforts to counter terrorism and insecurity, improve health systems, strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and bolster economic growth including through bilateral trade and investment between the United States and Nigeria.
“We stand with Nigeria as a democratic partner in supporting free and fair elections and value Nigeria’s leadership on global and regional issues including the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We look forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests. The United States joins in your celebration and extends our sincerest congratulations” he stressed.