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The Biden administration on Saturday sent “best wishes to the people of Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of their independence”, saying that ties between the United States and Nigeria are strong.
“The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship,” Secretary of States Antony J. Blinken said in a statement.
Blinken added that 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,” he said. “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.”
Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960 but the country has seen many challenges since then, including a myriad of coups and counter coups and a deteriorating economic situation.