By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has showered encomium on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Abdulsamad Rabiu for their patriotism in the battle against the deadly COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
President Buhari has also told other wealthy Nigerians to emulate the gesture of the aforementioned and others including banks that have risen to the occasion to be counted as people thal have the milk of kindness in them.
The President in a statement on Friday signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina said that it was the collective responsibility of all Nigerians to care for one another.
The statement read, “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.
“President Buhari commends 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 technology firms to provide e-learning solutions to at least one million children under its ‘Keep Them Engaged, Keep Them Safe’ initiative.”
The President extolled every other helping hand that has been lent by individuals, groups and organisations, 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 a new course in nationalism and brotherhood,” the statement concluded.