The United States President Barack Obama, has sent his congratulatory message to Nigerians for the country’s 56th Independence anniversary through his Secretary of State, John Kerry.

John Kerry spoke on economic opportunities for all Nigerians, how to end corruption, winning Boko Harm, broad respect for human rights and provide humanitarian relief for the millions of displaced people.

Read John Kerry’s speech on Friday:

“On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1.

“I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came back with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future. During my trip, I was reminded that many Nigerians are engaged in bringing people together across the divides of culture, religious practices, and ethnicity.

“There is still much work to be done to provide economic opportunities for all, end corruption, win the fight against Boko Haram, ensure broad respect for human rights and provide humanitarian relief for millions of displaced people. But we know that Nigerians are hard at work to address these challenges.”