United States pledges continued support to Nigeria’s war against terrorism
The United States on Friday said it will continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to fight terrorism and strengthen democratic institutions.
Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, gave the pledge in a statement, congratulating Nigeria on its 61st Independence Day anniversary.
“On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I extend best wishes to the people of Nigeria on the 61st anniversary of their independence,” Blinken said.
He said the strong relationship between the two countries is based on a shared commitment to democracy and a shared spirit of entrepreneurship.
“As your partner, we will continue to support 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,” Blinken said.
“We value Nigerian leadership on issues including African peace and security, ending the COVID-19 pandemic and building back a more inclusive economy, and reducing greenhouse emissions, and creating a clean energy future.
“The United States looks forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests.”
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari in his independence day speech had called for support of the international community to tackle terrorism and other security challenges.
Buhari also appealed to the international community to support Nigeria in its fight against the further spread of COVID-19.
“I will take this opportunity to remind the global community that the current state of access to COVID-19 vaccines is unacceptable,” Buhari said. “We cannot afford a situation where a handful of countries keep the global vaccine supply to themselves at the expense of other nations.”