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Battle Against Covid-19: Buhari Lauds Elumelu, Rabiu, Dangote, Atiku, Banks, Others


President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the public-spiritedness of wealthy Nigerians and organizations for standing up to be counted in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was contained in a State House press release issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Friday.

The President commended members of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19, made of people like Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe, Segun Agbaje and Jim Ovia of UBA, Access, GT, and Zenith Banks, respectively, for contributing N1 billion each, and being in the vanguard of encouraging others in the private sector to do same.

UBA has equally donated the sum of N5 billion to Nigeria and Africa, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has pledged N50 million, while First Bank is partnering with government, the United Nations, and innovative technological firms to provide e-learning solutions to at least one million children under its ‘Keep Them Engaged, Keep Them Safe’ initiative.

The President extols every other helping hand that has been lent by individuals, groups and organizations, which may not necessarily be in the public domain, noting that God who sees all things will abundantly recompense.

President Buhari recommends these laudable strides to other high net-worth Nigerians and organizations, stressing that hand in hand, the country will overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic, and chart new course in nationalism and brotherhood.

Last year president Buhari commissioned this 250-bed specialist centre, with loads of ventilators beside the beds in Ogun state.

Today, as more people continue to get tested for COVID-19, that medical facility remains one of the most equipped in Nigeria, should there be need for isolation of more cases within and around Ogun.

With the billions of naira and sundry support released in the last few days by both governments, corporate bodies and individuals, Nigerians can now heave a sigh of relief, as authorities continue to make progress in the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

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