US Celebrates 239th Independence, Pledges Support For Nigeria

usAs the United States (US) celebrates its 239th Independence Anniversary, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, has assured Nigeria of continued support towards a stronger democracy and a free and independent people.

Mr Entwistle said Nigeria’s freedom in different sectors of the economy, including its fight against corruption, insecurity, financial instability and infrastructure development will receive continued support from the US.

He noted that Nigeria and America have both overcome deep and devastating losses through history, and will continue to overcome all challenges towards a formidable force in the future, adding that “Nigerians have no better friends than the US”.

He maintained that both countries had deep wounds and devastating losses through their histories.

”I told former President Goodluck Jonathan when I arrived in Nigeria in November 2013, and Secretary of State John Kerry told President Muhammadu Buhari when they met immediately after inauguration.

”I am sure President Barack Obama will tell President Buhari when he receives him in Oval Office at the White House on July 20.

”The people of Nigeria have no better friend than the United States.

”In my country, our commitment to democracy is right there in our Declaration of Independence.

”Here in Nigeria, you demonstrated to the world your commitment to democracy in historic elections earlier this year.

”In both of our great countries, commitment to democracy is deeply woven into our status as free and independent peoples,” Entwistle said.

He also said that the US stands with every Nigerian who believes that the country can be healthier, safer and more prosperous; as both countries have in time past worked together on issues like elections, security, Niger Delta, fighting infectious diseases and spurring broad-based.

“For me, this is an exciting time to be in Nigeria. In the past year, we’ve seen Nigerian doctors and nurses defeat Ebola.

“We’ve seen the Nigerian military reclaim territory from Boko Haram.

“And most of all, we’ve seen the Nigerian people go to the polls and defy expectations, made their voices heard as they insisted that their votes count.

“Thanks to them, the light of Nigerian democracy shines brightly across the continent,” he said.

The U.S. envoy said that as Nigeria fought Boko Haram and rebuilt the Northeast, the U.S. would continue to help in every appropriate way.

”As you lead the efforts to provide humanitarian aid to those driven from their communities and help them return home, we assist with food, medical care, and education programmes.

”As you fight corruption, we offer technical assistance, training for investigators and prosecutors, and a commitment to ensure that no stolen funds are laundered through our banking system.

”As you improve the business climate, we encourage trade and investment.

”As you continue privatisation of your power grid, through President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative, we stand ready to go.

”Among other things, we will help companies invest in building more electricity infrastructure, especially environmentally-friendly power generation.

”As you increase your commitment to health-care and education, we support those efforts too,” Entwistle added.

US Ambassador Assures Of Bilateral Ties Between United States And Nigeria

United StatesThe Ambassador of United States of America to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, says the cordial relationship between his country and Nigeria is a mutually beneficial rapport that will have a lasting development impact, not just on Nigeria, but on the African continent as a whole.

He was speaking on Thursday in Yola, Adamawa State, when he visited the American University of Nigeria (AUN) where he held interaction with students and lecturers of the institution.

Addressing the students and lecturers as well as dignitaries at the occasion, Mr. James Entwistle appreciated the growing relationship between Nigeria and the United States and gave assurances that the US Government would continue to partner with Nigeria towards achieving political, social and economic success for the development of the country which by extension would also have a positive effect on the African continent as a whole.

He expressed optimism that Nigeria would overcome in its war on terrorism, pointing out that the United States would continue to accord Nigeria the desired support to triumph over the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Nigeria and the US, according to him, share things in common, citing example with the menace of terrorism which both countries are collaborating towards ending.

He expressed confidence in Nigeria, saying the country has great potentials and commended the efforts of the country in stamping out the Ebola virus.

The President of the institution, Margee Ensign, appreciated the founder of the institution, Atiku Abubakar, whom she said, is currently sharing the vision of American style of university education with Nigeria.

She said that the institution is achieving its goal and also building the democracy which Nigeria and the US share in common.