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United States President Donald Trump Monday wrote to his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari in commemoration of the country’s 56th independence.

“On behalf of the American people, I extend our warmest greetings and congratulate you on the 59th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence,” the Trump said.

The American leader noted that his country will helping Nigeria to “dismantle” the infamous Boko Haram terrorists while noting that “Nigeria is among our strongest partners in Africa.”

“We are allies in the global battle against terrorism, and we want to see Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa driven out of the region and other insurgencies like them dismantled,” he wrote.

“The United States welcomes efforts by your administration to diversify opportunities for your talented, creative, and hardworking people to the benefit of both our countries, Africa, and the world,” he added.

He said the last meeting with Buhari in 2018 has made “our Vice Presidents..also building on our longstanding history of cooperation.”

In June, Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo traveled to the United States to meet his American counterpart, Mike Pence.

Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement said both leaders affirmed the mutual benefit inherent in a deeper bilateral relationship.

Economy, military assistance, countering extremism and terrorism were highlighted at the meeting between  Osinbajo and Pence at the White House, Washington, D.C.

Akande said both leaders affirmed the mutual benefit inherent in a deeper bilateral relationship.

They also acknowledged Nigeria’s pride of place on the African continent and America’s reputed global leadership.


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