Eric Adams who is the New York City Mayor, has finally joined numerous Nigerians from all walks of life to laud and also celebrate the 62nd independence anniversary of their homeland which had occurred yesterday.
Adams who had given a speech at the Independence Day Carnival had also on Saturday evening, paid some glowing tribute to Nigerians for their resilience and also their unique social and cultural life.
Adams reiterated, “I remember landing in Lagos. I remember landing on a Monday and not sleeping again until Sunday.
“No one throws a party like Lagos in Nigeria. No one knows how to celebrate life, like Nigeria.
“And right here in New York, your rich culture and contribution to the city is unbelievable.”
He added, “I reached out to the youth league of this organisation and others, you were 100 per cent saying we are going to be with our brother, our fellow African so that he can become the mayor of the city of New York.
“So don’t let anyone deny you of the history. I’m very clear. Although I live in America. I’m African because I will always be African.
The mayor also recalled the pain of the slave trade and declared that Africans built America to become the greatest country on earth.
“America owes Africa so much. America is what it’s because of the people of Africa that were ripped from their soil years ago to come here.
“So, all those years we have been separated, we’re here today to say we’ll be united forever and never ripped apart from each other again.”
In another related report, the United States of America has sent a goodwill message to the Government and People of Nigeria on the 62nd independence anniversary of Nigeria on October 1, 2022.
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.