President Muhammadu Buhari described the certification of Nigeria Polio free as a pointer to the fact that with political will, Africa could also defeat Coronavirus.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari said the certification is a fulfilment of his his pledge to Nigeria and Africa.
He said: “This certification is a personal fulfillment of that pledge to not only Nigerians, but to all Africans.”
‘‘At a time when the global community is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, this achievement strengthens my conviction that with the requisite political will, investments and strategies, as well as citizens’ commitment, we will flatten the epidemic curve.”
‘‘I can affirm the commitment of all African leaders to this course of action.’’
President Buhari spoke during the virtual session of the 70th World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa.
Nigeria was on Tuesday certified free of polio by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The last case of wild poliovirus in the Africa region was in 2016 in Nigeria.