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.
According to a statement by Presidential Spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, 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.
Adesina said UBA had equally donated the sum of N5 billion to Nigeria and Africa, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had pledged N50 million, while First Bank was partnering 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.
He added that the President extolled every other helping hand that had been lent by individuals, groups and organizations, which might not necessarily be in the public domain, noting that God who sees all things would 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,” Adesina said.