US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said this in a statement issued on Saturday by the US Embassy in Abuja, made available to journalists.
US also pledged to support Nigeria’s war on terrorism.
Blinken in the statement said: ‘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.’
Meanwhile, in his last Independence Day speech, President Muhammadu Buhari gave himself a pass mark in his seven years in office so far.
This is just as the president pointed out that he is pained by the 7 months old strike by the Academic Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU).
In his Independence Day broadcast this morning to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence, President Buhari listed the successes recorded by his administration in tackling insecurity and economy.
Buhari also thanked Nigerians who believed in him, propelled and stood by him in his quest to bequeath a country where all citizens have equal opportunities to achieve their lives desires in a peaceful atmosphere.