Nigeria’s President, President Muhammadu Buhari have just been awarded the “Polio Eradication Champion Award”” for the country’s fight against polio by the Rotary Club International.
The award comes on the back heel of successes achieved by the country over the disease after being removed from the list of countries the disease is in after going one full year without experiencing a case of the disease.
According to the International President of the Rotary Club, Rotarian K.R. Ravindran, “Progress against polio in Nigeria, while a tremendous achievement, remains fragile. The country must ensure high-quality polio campaigns and surveillance activity for at least another two years, or risk the return of this disease.”
The award was established by Rotary International in 1995 to recognize leaders and others who have made significant contributions to the global eradication of polio. Past recipients include Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain; Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland; and Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General.
Nigeria’s President joins the list of leaders who are recipients of this prestigious award, although some commentators have voiced their concern about the award saying the past president is the rightful recipient as he was the one whose administration put an end to the disease and not the present administration.