By Biodun Busari

The United States of America has reiterated its commitment to helping Nigeria fight terrorism and all forms of insecurity bewildering its people.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken in a press statement made the assurance on the occasion of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day on Saturday.

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Blinken also said the collaboration between the US and Nigeria was cemented on common tenets of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship.

The US government official said his country is committed to helping Nigeria in activities to tackle terrorism and insecurity, and also extending help to restore the economic vigour and other important aspects of Africa’s most populous nation.

The statement read, “On behalf of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to the people of Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of their independence.

“The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship.

“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.”

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