As part of his official visit in Africa, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential palace in Abuja on Thursday.
Mr Blinken and the Nigerian president discussed issues including human rights, democracy and security as well as climate change.
Mr Buhari expressed his appreciation for the recent removal of Nigeria from a US watchlist of countries that violate religious freedoms as “no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her religion”.
The US secretary of state said the two countries had diverse challenges with security as a common issue and hoped for a better partnership between them to tackle insecurity.
Mr Bkinken will move to Senegal for the final leg of his first official tour of Africa.