President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has urged United States (US) to strengthen ties with Nigeria, especially in the fight against insurgency in the North-East.
He made the call on Thursday in Abuja during the 243rd independence anniversary of the USA, organised by the U.S Embassy in Abuja, NAN reports.
Lawan said that there were several areas for both countries to build on their collaborations and partnerships, adding that Nigerians should learn from the successes of the United States post 243 years of independence.
He urged Nigerians to learn to live together in spite of their differences, ethnicity and religion just like the U.S.
The President of the Senate noted that Nigeria is a great country with all the potentials to be among the greatest in the world, stating that the diversity of the country is supposed to be the nation’s source of strength.
“How the Americans were able to live for 243 years, using their power of diversity, every part of Nigeria has something to contribute to national development.
“Nigerians, both within and outside the country, are people of determination, very patriotic and loyal.
“I pray and hope that those of us in leadership positions will continue to give the right leadership, we should bring our people together.
“We should ensure that this country remains united and focused, and that rule of law prevails”, he said.