Message to Governor General Azikiwe on the First Anniversary of the Independence of Nigeria.
[Released October 2, 1961. Dated October 1, 1961]
Dear Governor General:
It gives me the greatest pleasure to extend to you and the people of Nigeria cordial greetings and heartfelt congratulations on the first anniversary of your country's independence.
This first year of your nationhood has been a highly auspicious one. It has seen Nigeria take its place with distinction among the family of free nations. It has seen the emergence of wise and far-reaching plans for the social and economic betterment of the Nigerian people. In essence, it has been a period in which firm foundations have been laid for the future of a great nation. The people of the United States join me in the hope that the peace and prosperity of this first year will continue and that the succeeding anniversaries of Nigeria's independence will be equally happy and fruitful.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
[His Excellency, The Governor General, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Lagos, Nigeria]
Note: The message was released at Newport, R.I.
John F. Kennedy, Message to Governor General Azikiwe on the First Anniversary of the Independence of Nigeria. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/235701