- President Muhammadu Buhari has thanked wealthy Nigerians and organizations for standing up to the battle against the COVID-19
- The Nigerian leader in a statement prayed that God would compensate all those who donated to the cause
- A number of organizations and wealthy Nigerians have been making donations to be used to fight the pandemic and protect health workers
Amid the global pandemic spreading through the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the public-spiritedness of wealthy Nigerians and organizations for standing up to be counted in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.
The Nigerian president in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, and shared on the official Facebook page of Aso Rock Villa on Friday, March 26, commended the members of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19 for contributing N1 billion each.
The coalition is made of prominent Nigerians such as Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Jim Ovia of UBA, Access, GT, and Zenith banks.
Buhari expressed his appreciation to the individuals and organizations for being in the vanguard of encouraging others in the private sector to do the same.
UBA has equally donated the sum of N5 billion to Nigeria and Africa, former vice president Atiku Abubakar has pledged N50 million, while First Bank is partnering with government, the United Nations, and innovative technological firms to provide e-learning solutions to at least one million children under its ‘Keep Them Engaged, Keep Them Safe’ initiative.
The statement reads in part: "The President extols every other helping hand that has been lent by individuals, groups and organizations, which may not necessarily be in the public domain, noting that God who sees all things will abundantly recompense.
President Buhari recommends these laudable strides to other high net-worth Nigerians and organizations, stressing that hand in hand, the country will overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic, and chart new course in nationalism and brotherhood."
Legit.ng previously reported that Abdul Samad Rabiu, founder of BUA Group, announced a donation of N1bn cash through the BUA Foundation to fight coronavirus in Nigeria.
The industrialist has also placed an order for an additional donation of equipment and medical supplies such as testing kits and medical protective gear, which will be donated to nine states in the country.
According to Rabiu, the medical supplies will arrive Nigeria soon and will be sent to Lagos, Kano, Adamawa, Edo, Kwara, Rivers, Abia, Akwa-Ibom and Sokoto.
Similarly, President Buhari assured Nigerians that the federal government is committed to protecting citizens from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigerian president made the statement on Friday, March 26, when highlighting some of the decisions he has taken to ensure that the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is contained in the country.
Buhari stated that he has released a N10bn grant to Lagos to enable the state increase its capacity to contain the outbreak and another N5bn special intervention fund to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to equip, expand and provide personnel to its facilities and laboratories across the country.
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