Much work needs to be done to give Nigerians economic opportunities — U.S.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, gestures while presenting a paper on religious tolerance and countering violent extremism at the Sultan's Palace in Sokoto...23/08/16
US Secretary of State, John Kerry, gestures while presenting a paper on religious tolerance and countering violent extremism at the Sultan's Palace in Sokoto...23/08/16

The United States of America has congratulated Nigeria on its country’s 56th Independence Anniversary which comes up on Saturday.

In a statement Friday, the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, gave his country’s best wishes to Nigeria on behalf of President Barack Obama.

“I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future,” Mr. Kerry said.

“During my trip, I was reminded that many Nigerians are engaged in bringing people together across the divides of culture, religious practices, and ethnicity.’’

According to Mr. Kerry, there is still much work to be done to provide economic opportunities for all, end corruption, win the fight against Boko Haram and ensure broad respect for human rights.

He said Nigeria should provide humanitarian relief for millions of displaced people.

“But we know that Nigerians are hard at work to address these challenges. The United States looks forward to deepening our partnership and friendship with Nigerians from all walks of life, so that we may work together for the betterment of Nigeria and all of Africa.

“Best wishes to all of you on this 56th anniversary of your independence,’’ U.S. secretary said.


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  • i still dey come

    United States of America did not salute Nigeria as the GIANT OF AFRICA.

    That means Nigeria is now the shortest dwarf of Africa….hahaha, i dey come!

    • Rommel

      But tell me honestly,what have you as a critic contributed to make Nigeria great?

      • Otile

        Backward fulanis and their lackeys have not given others the opportunity to progress and contribute as should have been the case.

        • Rommel

          What opportunities have the Fulani denied you? and why did president Jonathan who looted Nigeria as if his life depended on it not give you the said opportunities when he had the power?

          • Otile

            O yes, Fulani Buhari is always robbing us of good opportunities. When he sells off Niger Delta oil assets to his corrupt tribesmen is he not denying us opportunities?

      • Dejandon

        They are called wailers. People who are obsessed with complaints than doing something worthwhile with their lives. Hence they are forever blind to the opportunities that others are exploiting in the countries.

        • Otile

          Why do you hailers always attack people cheated by this nepotistic fulani man? Are you happy with the fulani attacks on Igbo farmers, Burutai attacks on unarmed Igbo protesters, Northern military personnel raping and robbing civilians in Bayesla and Delta states?

  • Rommel

    It is unfortunate that @56,what the country can boast of are people who finish serving government and go spending the rest of their days with anti corruption agencies,if only 5000 decent human beings of 40yrs and above could be found in Nigeria today,the country would be different

    • FreeNigeria

      Nigeria is worse off at 56 than at 16. At 16, after fighting years of civil war, life was still a 1000 times better than at 56. I thought life is better as we grow older. why is Nigeria different?

      • Otile

        Nigeria spilled much blood during the genocide and karma is catching up.

      • Rommel

        Because you have refused to contribute your own quota to making Nigeria great,you are waiting and hoping on the man next to you to do that

  • o

    John, the government that you and Obama installed is busy spending billions of naira importing grasses for cows, while tens of thousand of the IDPs are dying of starvation and hunger.

    • No Bull …..

      Grass for cow is for people. It is called food chain.