President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all eligible Nigerians to get the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination “so that we can be protected from the virus.”
Speaking after he had received the jab, the President said, “I have received my first jab and I wish to recommend it to all eligible Nigerians, (and urge them) to do same so that we can be protected from the virus.”
He urged all state governments, traditional and religious leaders, to take the lead in the mobilisation effort within their environments and spheres of influence.
“The vaccine offers hope for a safe country, free of the coronavirus.
“I similarly urge all eligible Nigerians to present themselves to be vaccinated in accordance with the order of priority already mapped out, at the various authorised designated centres ONLY,’’ he added.
Mr Buhari congratulated the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the successful multi-sectoral approach to the management of the pandemic.
He also acknowledged and commended the support of governments, donors, development partners, the private sector, traditional and religious leaders as well as critical stakeholders who supported Nigeria’s response to the pandemic, assuring that all the resources provided would be equitably administered.
The president noted that since the beginning of the year 2020, humanity had 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.