President Muhammadu Buhari says he has fulfilled his pledge to rid Nigeria of the indigenous wild poliovirus.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria and the rest of Africa polio-free via an online event across the continent and beyond.
President Buhari said he promised Nigerians that he would not hand over a Nigeria with polio to his successor, and has fulfilled that promise.
Buhari, in his twitter handle said: “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.
Today’s certification of our Wild Polio-Free status is in fulfillment of that pledge to not only Nigerians, but to all Africans.
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”.
The president appreciated the strong partnership and collaboration displayed to deliver this success.
He promised the global community that Nigeria will “sustain the momentum and leverage on the lessons learnt from the polio eradication to strengthen our health systems, especially primary healthcare and prioritize health security”.
The President 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.