- The US congratulated Nigeria on the occasion of the country’s Independence Day celebration
- It described Nigeria as the leader in Africa
- The US promised to support a free and fair election in Nigeria in 2019
The U.S. has described Nigeria as an indisputable leader in Africa, a friend and a key partner of the U.S.
In a statement issued by the Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, on the occasion of Nigeria’s National Day on Monday, the government congratulated Nigeria and its people on the nation’s independence anniversary.
Pompeo said: “I would like to convey warm wishes to the government and people of Nigeria on the 58th anniversary of your independence. Nigeria remains a key partner and friend of the United States.
“Through its strengthening democracy, its dynamic economy and the great entrepreneurial spirit of its people, Nigeria is a leader in the region and beyond.
“We count on Nigeria to continue its leadership through free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections in 2019.
“The United States offers our continuous support to Nigeria in its efforts to expand trade and investment, counter-terrorism, ensure regional stability and tackle corruption.
“As you celebrate the anniversary of your independence, please know that the people of the United States celebrate with you.”
Nigeria, a former British colony, gained Independence on Oct. 1, 1960.
Meanwhile, Bukola Saraki, the Senate president and Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, are both absent at Eagle Square Abuja where the nation’s 58th Independence anniversary is being celebrated by dignitaries and many elder state men.
Those present at the parade are President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo, Walter Onnoghen, the chief justice of Nigeria, and former head of state and Yakubu Gowon, among many other top public figures, Premium Times reports.
The all-important national ceremony witnessed a parade of the nation’s military officials and a photo exhibition showing Nigerian history and an independence day dinner.
Whereas efforts to speak with Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki's spokesperson, proved unsuccessful, the spokesperson of Dogara, Turaki Hassan, said he has no idea if his boss was invited to the event or why he is not attending.
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