Statement by Secretary Pompeo – The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the government and people of Nigeria on the 59th anniversary of your independence.

The United States and Nigeria are working together to advance our shared goals of strengthening governance, countering corruption, enhancing trade and investment, furthering development, increasing food security, and improving public health.  Together, we remain steadfast partners seeking to stop violent insurgencies and restore safe, secure livelihoods for those affected by the scourge of Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa.  As Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria is a leader in the region, on the continent, and in the world.

The United States shares in your celebration and extends our sincerest congratulations.