- Nigerians have been congratulated for their resilience in the fight against Polio disease
- President Muhammadu Buhari extended the gratitude as Nigeria finally eradicated Polio
- The president also thanked prominent personalities including Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates for their supports
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As the country sees an end to Poliovirus, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerians on the historical feat, saying many local and international partners have contributed tirelessly towards the milestone.
Unleashing the good news in a series of tweets on Sunday, June 21, President Buhari said the feat would not have been achieved had Nigerians not shown resilient spirit.
The president also extended his gratitude to health workers who drew resources and support from multiple sectors.
According to him, the victory was achievable because of the commitment of his administration to reinvigorate the health sector of the country since 2015 when he took over.
"This achievement is not only one of the great successes of this generation of Nigerians but also one of the obvious dividends of this administration, which is consistent with our progressive investment in the health of our people since 2015," Buhari said.
President Buhari recalled that Nigeria suffered a setback in the fight against polio disease as it recorded cases after about 2 years without any case.
Buhari, however, thanked prominent individuals and organisations for their supports in the fight against polio, adding that the support will also be maintained against Covid-19 pandemic.
"This big battle would not have been won without the support of our donors and development partners including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation, Rotary International, United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USAID.
"Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), European Union, Global Health Canada, German Development Bank (KfW), WHO, UNICEF, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Polio Survivors Group, the media, and faith-based and other non-governmental organizations," the president said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, June 21, met behind closed doors with Ahmad Lawan, the president of the Nigerian Senate. The meeting was confirmed by an aide to
President Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, who posted the information on his personal Twitter handle.
As at the time of this report, details of the meeting had not been made known, but Ahmad simply said the meeting held at the State House in Abuja.
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