Covid jab offers hope for a safe country, free of Coronavirus – Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo were on Saturday vaccinated against COVID-19 in Abuja.

Buhari was vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr. Suhayb Sanusi, about 11.51 am at a brief ceremony witnessed by top government officials at the New Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Shortly after the President, Osinbajo was also vaccinated by his personal physician, Dr. Nicholas Audifferen, about 11.57 am.

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Agency, Faisal Shuaib, thereafter presented their vaccination cards to them one after the other.

In brief remarks after the vaccination, the President said the vaccine offered hope for a safe country.

He, therefore, called on state governments as well as traditional and religious leaders to mobilize their people to embrace vaccination.

The President said, “I urge all state governments, traditional and religious leaders, to take the lead in the mobilization effort within their environment and spheres of influence. The vaccine offers hope for a safe country, free of Coronavirus.

“I similarly urge all eligible Nigerians to present themselves and be vaccinated in accordance with the order of priority already mapped out at the various authorized designated centres only.”

Buhari congratulated the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the successful multi-sectoral approach to the management of the pandemic.

While acknowledging and commending the support of governments, donors, development partners, the private sector, traditional and religious leaders as well as critical stakeholders who have supported Nigeria thus far, the President assured all that the resources will be equitably administered.

He regretted that since the beginning of 2020, humanity has remained under the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic which he described as “an unseen but very potent enemy.”

He noted that infection from the virus has resulted in over 2.5 million fatalities and destroyed several global and national systems.

He added, “The response in Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region has been robust, collaborative, and united. It was driven by a collective knowledge of the fact that ‘no country is safe until every country is safe’.

“The speedy development of the COVID-19 vaccines is quite significant and underscores the collective resolve of humanity to overcome the pandemic. Similarly, the collaborative effort to ensure equal access has brought relief to poor and developing countries.

“I have been assured by the Presidential Task Force that the AstraZeneca vaccine which Nigeria has accessed, will arrive in batches beginning with the first batch of about four million doses already received. I am similarly aware of the rollout and administration plan to cater for over seventy percent of our population between the years 2021 and 2022.

“Yesterday, our frontline medical personnel, top on the priority list, were vaccinated. Today, as a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, I have received my first jab, and I wish to recommend it to all eligible Nigerians, to do the same so that we can be protected from the virus.”

SPEECH OF HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE COVID-19 VACCINATION CEREMONY HELD AT THE BANQUET HALL OF THE STATE HOUSE ON SATURDAY, 6TH MARCH, 2021

Dear Compatriots,

​Since the beginning of the year 2020, humanity has remained under the burden of COVID-19 pandemic, an unseen but very potent enemy around the world. Infection from the virus has resulted in over two million and five hundred thousand fatalities and destroyed several global and national systems.

The response in Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region has been robust, collaborative and united. It was driven by a collective knowledge of the fact that ‘no country is safe until every country is safe’.

The speedy development of the COVID-19 vaccines is quite significant and underscores the collective resolve of humanity to overcome the pandemic. Similarly, the collaborative effort to ensure equal access has brought relief to poor and developing countries.

I have been assured by the Presidential Task Force that the AstraZeneca vaccine which Nigeria has accessed, will arrive in batches beginning with the first batch of about four million doses already received. I am similarly aware of the roll out and administration plan to cater for over seventy percent of our population between year 2021 and 2022.

Yesterday, our frontline medical personnel, top on the priority list, were vaccinated. Today, as a demonstration of leadership and faith in the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, I have received my first jab and I wish to commend it to all eligible Nigerians, to do same so that we can be protected from the virus.

I urge all state governments, traditional and religious leaders, to take the lead in the mobilization effort within their environment and spheres of influence. The vaccine offers hope for a safe country, free of Coronavirus.

I similarly urge all eligible Nigerians to present themselves and be vaccinated in accordance with the order of priority already mapped out, at the various authorized designated centres ONLY.

I congratulate the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on the successful multi-sectoral approach to the management of this pandemic.

Finally, I wish to acknowledge and commend the support of Governments, our donors, development partners, the private sector, traditional and religious leaders as well as critical stakeholders who have supported Nigeria thus far. I assure you that the resources will be equitably administered.

I thank you all for your kind attention.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!



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