President Muhammad Buhari has recalled that shortly after assuming office in May 2015, he made a pledge to Nigerians that he would not bequeath a polio-endemic country to his successor as today’s certification of the Wild Polio-Free status is in fulfillment of that pledge to not only Nigerians, but to all Africans.
He disclosed this on his official social platform on Tuesday as Nigeria received a certificate of Wild Polio-Free country from the World Health Organization WHO, Mr President said Africans must guard this achievement of the eradication of Wild Polio Virus in Africa jealously and ensure all necessary steps to prevent a resurgence of this disease.
He commended the decades of hard work and resilience of health workers and volunteers across Africa, and Ministers of Health and other stakeholders, political, traditional, religious and community leaders who provided the required support and leadership. Buhari appreciated the invaluable support of all donors, development and local partners: WHO, UNICEF, Rotary, Gates Foundation, Aliko Dangote Foundation, NCDC, Gavi, USAID, EU, Emeka Offor Foundation, Japanese and German Governments, numerous NGOs and faith-based organizations.
“These are truly the heroes and heroines of many battles that have made us triumphant in the war against polio.We must continue to build trust between Government institutions, leaders and citizens, so that we can unite as a people and confront the health and socio-economic challenges we face together”, he said.