The philanthropic deeds of prominent Nigerians in the country’s hour of need has not gone unnoticed as the country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has poured encomiums on his closest rival in last year’s Presidential election, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Abdulsamad Rabiu and others for their altruistic dispositions towards the country and their compatriots in the ongoing war on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President’s thoughts were contained in a statement released on Friday and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina.
According to the letters of the statement:
“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.”
“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 president was reacting to the series of donations that had flooded in from all corners in support of the ongoing efforts by federal and state governments and health authorities to check the further spread of the coronavirus. It sought to encourage more support from the more affluent members of the society in the ongoing war on the dread virus.
*** Olivia Isibor