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Buhari Fulfils Pledge As WHO Declares Nigeria, Africa Polio-free

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he has fulfilled his pledge to eradicate Polio in the country.

Buhari was speaking at an event where the World Health Organisation declared Africa free of polio.

Speaking at the event, Buhari said he promised Nigerians that he would not hand over a Nigeria with polio to his successor, and has fulfilled that promise.

“This is indeed a truly historic event. I recall shortly after assuming office in 2015, I made a pledge to Nigerians that I would not  bequeath a polio-endemic country to my successor,” Buhari said

“This certification is, therefore, a personal fulfillment of that pledge, not only to Nigerians but to all Africans.”

Buhari felicitated with the entire African continent and the African Union leadership for staying stoic to the cause.

“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”.

The president appreciated the strong partnership and collaboration displayed to deliver this success.

Many WHO officials were present at the event and they include: 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.

Buhari in 2015 had vowed to sustain the efforts against Polio till the disease is defeated in Nigeria.

“Today, 25th of July, 2015, Nigeria has successfully completed one year without any case reported of the wild polio virus.

“Achieving this feat has placed us firmly on the path to eradicating this paralyzing disease from our land.

“I seize this opportunity to call on governors, our traditional and religious leaders, the private sector and our mothers and fathers to redouble their efforts to ensure that every child and every new born baby is vaccinated with the polio vaccine and other lifesaving routine vaccines,” he had said in a statement.

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