President Muhammadu Buhari has been conferred with the prestigious polio champion award. The polio champion award was instituted by Rotary International in 1995 to recognize and appreciate heads of governments and organisations that have played a key role in polio eradication around the world.
This is said to be in recognition of President Buhari’s uncommon commitment and leadership in the polio eradication programme in Nigeria.
The past recipient of this award include Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.
The award was presented to the president on Thursday at State House, Abuja, by Barry Rassin, Rotary International President, who was on a four-day official visit to Nigeria. While Receiving the award, Buhari appreciated the commitment of the Rotary Club to humanitarian work across the globe.
He said ‘‘Rotary International is well known to my generation. Your work is really humanitarian; no amount of materialism can pay you for what you have been doing and we thank you very much,… I am pleased with the efforts of Rotary International, you are champions of the weak, and I pray that God will abundantly pay you for your humanitarian services. I am also pleased that I have a competent Health Minister, who supervises the work”