The United States President Donald Trump sent a congratulatory message to President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria’s 59th independence anniversary on Tuesday. He penned a letter issued to President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
Trump’s message was shared by the US State Department, where he described Nigeria as one of ‘our strongest partners in Africa’.
“Nigeria is among our strongest partners in Africa. We share common goals of expanding trade and growing our economic relationship. We are allies in the global battle against terrorism, and we want to see Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa driven out of the region and other insurgencies like them dismantled”, the 45th President of the United States wrote in a letter he personally signed.
On her part, Queen Elizabeth said: “It gives me great pleasure to send your Excellency my congratulations on the celebration of your National Day, together with my best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the people of Nigeria in the coming year.”
The Queen’s statement was released by the British High Commission in Abuja.
Read the full text of the letter below:
Dear Mr President:
On behalf of the American people, I extend our warmest greetings and congratulate you on the 59th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.
Nigeria is among our strongest partners in Africa. We share common goals of expanding trade and growing our economic relationship. We are allies in the global battle against terrorism, and we want to see Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa driven out of the region and other insurgencies like them dismantled.
The United States welcomes efforts by your administration to diversify opportunities for your talented, creative, and hardworking people to the benefit of both our countries, Africa, and the world.
I am pleased that following our meeting last year, our Vice Presidents are also building on our longstanding history of cooperation. I wish the people of Nigeria continued success as you mark another year of independence.
Donald J. Trump
The US President, in a statement in Washington on Monday, said Nigeria and America shared common goals of expanding trade and growing their economic relationship.
He also added that he was happy delighted that the vice presidents of the two nations were building on the longstanding history of cooperation between the US and Nigeria.
Osinbajo and Pence met this year in June, discussing trade reforms, counter-terrorism measures and military assistance.
In his address to the West African nation, President Buhari repeatedly urged Nigerians to be law-abiding citizens.
‘‘As I stated four years ago, change does not just happen… We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust… simply put, to bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens,’‘ Buhari said.
The path of hatred and distrust only leads to hostility and destruction. I believe that the vast majority of Nigerians would rather tread the path of peace and prosperity, as we continue to uphold and cherish our unity.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 1, 2019
Many congratulatory messages were shared on social media some showing pictures from Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day celebrations at the Presidential Palace, Abuja.
The former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan through its verified twitter page send a goodwill message to Nigeria in a series of tweets below
Fifty-Nine years ago, we walked into the road of political freedom when the Union Jack was lowered and the Green-White-Green Flag hoisted as the symbol of our sovereignty.
Citizens sang for joy, with heartbeats of hope and eyes flooded with a new vision of liberty and justice. pic.twitter.com/LW5ylHVDqi
— Goodluck E. Jonathan (@GEJonathan) September 30, 2019
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) October 1, 2019
Chei! Abeg comot for road!
Today, Nigeria celebrates independence! 🇳🇬
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 1, 2019
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) October 1, 2019