The President , Muhammadu Buhari , on Tuesday , in Abuja, expressed optimism that African countries can defeat the COVID – 19 pandemic the same way it eradicated the wild poliovirus on the continent.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Femi Adesina, the President spoke at the formal certification of the wild poliovirus eradication in the African region during the virtual session of the 70th World Health Organisation ’ s regional committee for Africa.
The statement was titled ‘ Like polio , we can defeat COVID – 19, President Buhari declares , lauds Aliko Dangote, Bill Gates , Emeka Offor , others. ’
Adesina quoted the President as saying that “ I recall that shortly after assuming office in May 2015, I made a pledge to Nigerians that I would not bequeath a polio – endemic country to my successor .
“This certification is, therefore, a personal fulfillment of that pledge to not only Nigerians , but to all Africans.
“I can affirm the commitment of all African leaders to this course of action . ”
Buhari assured the global community that Nigeria will sustain the momentum and leverage on the lessons learnt from polio eradication to strengthen her health system , especially primary health care, and prioritize health security