The United States of America has told Nigeria to consolidate its leadership in Africa by conducting credible general elections in 2019.
In a statement issued by the US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, on the occasion of Nigeria’s Independence Day on Monday, the American 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 and 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.