President Muhammadu Buhari has noted that he has fulfilled his promise to rid Nigeria of the indigenous wild poliovirus.
Today, the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria and the rest of Africa polio-free in an online event across the continent and beyond.
While speaking at the event, Buhari noted that he made a pledge to Nigerians that he would not hand over a Nigeria with polio to his successor, adding that he has fulfilled that pledge.
He said “This certification is, therefore, a personal fulfillment of that pledge, not only to Nigerians but to all Africans.”
The president further Congratulated every African nation for successfully crossing the finish line
“At a time when the global community is battling with the COVID-19 pandemic, this achievement strengthens my conviction that the requisite political will, investments, and strategies, as well as citizens’ commitment, will flatten the pandemic curve.
“I can affirm the commitment of all African leaders in this course of action. We must guard this achievement jealously and ensure that we take all necessary steps to prevent the resurgence of this deadly disease”.
Those who attended the event include a longlist of WHO officials; Robert Redfield, director, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Rose Leke, chairperson, Africa Regional Certification Commission; Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; and some polio survivors.