I’ve eradicated polio in Nigeria totally
Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he got rid of Nigeria ‘s indigenous wild poliovirus entirely.
As the World Health Organisation, WHO, certifies Nigeria and the rest of the African countries free from the disease, the President made the declaration.
Speaking at the event, Buhari said he had told Nigerians he would not hand over to his successor a Nigeria with polio, and fulfilled that promise.
He said: “This is a truly remarkable occurrence indeed. Soon after I took office in 2015, I made a pledge to the Nigerians that I would not be leaving my successor a polio-endemic country, “Buhari said.
“This qualification is therefore a personal fulfillment of that promise, not just to the Nigerians but to all Africans as well.”
Congratulating all of the continent and the leadership of the African Union for reaching the finish line, President Buhari said:
“At a time when the global community is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, this achievement confirms my belief that the political will, investments, and strategies needed, as well as the determination of people, will flatten the pandemic curve.
“In this course of action, I can claim the commitment of all the African leaders. We must jealously protect this achievement and ensure that we take all the measures possible to prevent this deadly disease from resurging.
The President appreciated the good cooperation and teamwork shown to bring this achievement to fruition.
He promised the global community that Nigeria will “sustain the momentum and leverage the lessons learned from the eradication of polio to improve our health systems , especially primary health care, and prioritize health security.”