Loan: Atiku Says Buhari, APC Owe Nigerians Apology

Mr Atiku Abubakar addressing a press conference in Abuja on February 27, 2019.

 

Former Vice President and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to apologise to Nigerians over what he described as reckless borrowing by the administration and how the terms of such loans could compromise the future of the country.

In a statement on Sunday, the former vice president said that some managers of the party and even the government had denied the allegations that he raised as well as the warning for caution.

But according to him, just last week, a cabinet minister confirmed the allegations.

“Now, we all are aware that Nigeria’s sovereignty may have been traded for foreign loans and God forbids our inability to service those loans, the lender country would take ownership of choice infrastructure on the Nigerian soil. No negotiation could be weaker than that!

“Nigeria had a total foreign debt stock of $7.02 billion on May 29, 2015. Today, our foreign debt is $23 billion and rapidly rising. Debt, by itself, is not a bad thing. But debt budgeted for such unproductive ventures, like the proposed $500 million upgrade of the Nigerian Television Authority and other sundry bogus contracts, is debt that leads to death. To trade Nigeria’s sovereignty for this type of profligacy is the height of irresponsibility!,” the statement read in part.

Atiku said he has long advocated for a more robust engagement of the private sector and promotion of foreign direct investment as sustainable alternatives through which government could fund infrastructure development.

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But on the contrary, according to him, the Nigerian government under the banner of the All Progressives Congress threaded the direction of looking for cheap foreign loans in exchange for the sovereignty for Nigeria.

“Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration initiated a National Privatization Programme with the sole objective of ensuring that the private sector took some measure of influence in social investment portfolio and, in some instances, provided funding for infrastructure development.

“There was nothing in that plan that traded Nigeria’s sovereignty for some cheap loans which, in the light of unfolding revelations of sleaze in some departments of government, would have ended in private pockets,”.

He, therefore, stated that the government and the APC must apologize to Nigerians and make an admittance of guilt for taking the country through the throes of subjugation to another country.

Atiku Endorses Okonjo-Iweala For WTO Job

A photo combination created on July 11, 2020, of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
A photo combination created on July 11, 2020, of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has endorsed Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s “experience and the enormous related works she has done confirms without equivocation that her leadership shall be a blessing to the WTO and the world,” Atiku said in a tweet on Saturday.

 

In early June, the WTO had acknowledged Okonjo-Iweala as Nigeria’s nominee for the post.

The former finance minister was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The current WTO Director-General, Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, has announced he will step down on August 31, 2020.

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The nominees for the post, so far, include Mr. Jesús Seade Kuri of Mexico and Mr. Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh of Egypt, Mr Tudor Ulianovschi of Moldova, Ms Amina C. Mohamed of Kenya, Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijiri of Saudi Arabia and Dr Liam Fox of the United Kingdom.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, a world-renowned economist and international development expert, has also be endorsed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

She currently sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the African Risk Capacity.

Suspension Of WAEC Puts Nigeria At More Risk, Says Atiku

Supreme Court To Hear Atiku's Appeal August 20
A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the suspension of the 2020 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) by the Federal Government.

Atiku’s reaction comes two days after the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu announced that no Unity Schools will participate in the scheduled WAEC exams.

Speaking after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, the Minister asked the examination body and the state governments to reconsider their decision to open for exams.

In a statement he personally signed on Friday, Atiku said the cancellation will put the country at more risks.

He pointed out that 1.5 million Nigerian youths write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination annually, adding that the abrupt cancellation of  “this examination is to set back our nation’s youth, and place them behind their contemporaries in other West African nations.”

“I urge this administration to take into account that the lives they are trying to save will be further put at risk, because if this policy is not reversed, tens of thousands, and possibly hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, will breach social distancing rules to cross over to neighbouring West African nations to write their WASSCE, rather than miss a year,” the statement partly read.

The former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections noted that the move by the Nigerian government to curb the COVID-19 pandemic is not in the nation’s best interest.

This, he noted, is because the Federal Government unilaterally took the decision “without consultation, and thoughtful action,” arguing that it “may be counterproductive.”

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“This is perilous because Foreign Direct Investments and other economic indicators are tied to the educational indexes of nations.

“Already, Nigeria lags behind other African nations in crucial indices, like school enrolment, pass rates, and out of school children. This action will further create chaos in the public education system and exacerbate an already bad situation,” he said.

On the way forward, Atiku wants the Federal and state governments to mobilise all available public and private infrastructures including primary schools, stadia, and cinemas, for the examinations.

In doing this, he also called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to “prevail on WAEC to have a staggering examination with a different set of questions for each shift.”

In doing this, the PDP chieftain believes that the government’s directives on social distancing will be achieved while candidates sit for their examination, thus describing the move as “a win-win scenario.”

 

Edo Election: Atiku Asks PDP Leaders, Members To Shun Personal Differences

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to work together for the party’s success in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

In a statement on Saturday by his media aide, Paul Ibe, he called on the leaders and members to put their personal differences aside and cooperate with the PDP Campaign Council under the leadership of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Atiku, who is the party’s candidate in the 2019 general elections, also commended the appointments of Governor Wike and Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, as the chairman and deputy chairman of the campaign council.

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He said, “The PDP couldn’t have made a better choice because Governor Wike is an outstanding and dedicated party man who has consistently worked for the success of our party.”

“Wike is eminently qualified for this important assignment, especially at these critical times when the country is desperately looking for a change from the present state of despair in the land.

“Because of Wike’s impressive track record, I have no doubt in my mind that he has what it takes to lead the re-energised, rejuvenated, repositioned, and re-engineered PDP to victory in Edo State,” the former vice president added.

He, therefore, urged the PDP stakeholders to be solidly united in the task by supporting Governor Wike in the effort to return Edo State to the path of what he described as greater development.

According to Atiku, PDP is the only party with the broadest national appeal and the capacity to save Nigeria’s unity.

Democracy Day: Atiku Calls For Reform Of Electoral Process

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called for the immediate reform of the nation’s electoral process.

In his Democracy Day message, he also stressed the need to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.

Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, asked authorities to ensure that the votes of the people were not only counted but should count.

According to him, celebrating Democracy Day is an affirmation of the nation’s collective struggles towards a system of participatory government.

The former vice president, however, regretted that many compatriots paid the ultimate price along the line in the struggle which spanned decades.

He urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Democracy Day to remember the nation’s fallen heroes of democratic rule, as well as the anonymous ones whom he said lost their lives as a result of bad governance.

Read Atiku’s full message below:

My Message To Nigerians On The Occasion Of The 21st Anniversary Of Democracy Day

The celebration of Democracy Day is an affirmation of our collective struggles towards a system of participatory government and acceptance of the primacy of the rule of law.

Along the line in the struggle which spanned decades, many a compatriot paid the ultimate price. While today may well be a day dedicated to democracy, it is also very well a Remembrance Day for our fallen heroes of democratic rule.

Just like the late Bashorun MKO Abiola continues to be the symbol of the June 12 struggle, there are many others like the late Chief Alfred Rewane; my mentor, Tafida Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola and many more too numerous to mention who lost their lives in order for us to have a democracy.

Yet, there are so many other heroes who remain unsung. They are Nigerians who have fallen victims of bad governance.

While we may have a day dedicated to celebrating democracy, it remains saddening that we have not delivered enough dividends to our people to be happy over.

Between 1999 to the present time, our democracy has thrown up all shades of characters at the leadership levels. Many, if not all of them have tried their best to deliver good governance to the country. But the results of their efforts, judging by what we have at hand today, clearly shows that our best has not been good enough thus far.

It is clear that the problem of leadership is at the epicenter of governance issues that has afflicted Nigeria since the restoration of this democratic dispensation. To get at this problem would require the voting citizens of the country to undertake a more critical evaluation of national leadership recruitment – a rare gift which democracy guarantees through the instrumentality of periodic elections.

It is when we do that, that democracy can pass as a self-correcting mechanism and when it is denied, we are left with a pseudo-democracy which is counterproductive to the notion of participatory democracy.

As we celebrate today our 21st anniversary of unbroken democratic rule, it is necessary that we canonize the memories of our heroes of democracy by expanding the application of democracy as a mechanism of good governance by making sure that ballots cast during an election are sacrosanct in order for leaders who represent the true aspirations of the people to emerge.

However, to ensure the integrity of the electoral process, that votes are not only counted, but that they do count, there is an urgent need to accelerate needed electoral reforms that will address the lapses in previous elections.

On the occasion of Democracy Day, being marked against the backdrop of the uncertainties of this season, may the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in the struggle to enthrone the democratic rule that we are enjoying today never be in vain.

Atiku Abubakar

Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007

11th June 2020

May 27: We Must Continue To Offer Our Children The Best, Atiku Urges Nigerians

File Photo of Atiku Abubakar

 

Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has felicitated with children on the occasion of the Children’s Day marked world-over on May the 27th.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Atiku noted that the future would be determined by the impact we create in the lives of our children today.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to continue to fine-tune the environment to offer our children the best, particularly in education.

Also felicitating with Children, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had earlier highlighted the importance of education on their future.

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He stated that the House will stop at nothing to ensure the provision of quality education for Nigerian children.

The speaker also noted that all efforts would be made to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the country.

Atiku Faults Budget Review, Seeks Boost In Health, Other Sectors

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has faulted the review of the 2020 budget by the Federal Government.

In a statement on Thursday, he noted that the government slashed the budget by 0.6 per cent, representing a reduction of N71 billion.

Atiku decried the inability of the nation to expand its revenue base through the non-oil sector, especially in the period when the price of crude oil was plunging.

He asked the government to prioritise the welfare of the citizens and be realistic in its review of the budget amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The former presidential candidate called for the reduction of the money allocated for the travels and feeding of the President and Vice President, adding that the budget for the renovation of the National Assembly should be scrapped.

According to him, the budgets to run the Presidency and the Legislature must be downsized as any budget reduction that is less than 25 per cent will not be in the interest of the country.

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Atiku also asked the government to sell at least eight of the jets in the Presidential Air Fleet, reduce the salaries of political appointees, but leave the salaries of civil servants.

He stressed the need for a budget realignment and invest in critical sectors of the economy such as health, education, and infrastructure, among others.

Read the full statement below:

Nigeria Cannot Afford Luxuries During an Austerity

It is to my consternation that despite the crash in the price of oil, and the inability of Nigeria to expand our revenue base through the non-oil sector, the Federal Government of Nigeria has only seen fit to slash our budget by a mere 0.6%, from ₦10.594 trillion to ₦ 10.523 trillion. This represents a reduction of only ₦71 billion.

Putting politics aside, this is grossly insufficient and betrays the fact we have lost touch with the current realities in the global political economy.

For the avoidance of doubt, when this budget was presented to the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, it was predicated on a projection that our nation would generate crude oil production of 2.18 million barrels a day, at an expected oil price of $57 per barrel.

Today, that is no longer the case. Both our production, and the price of oil have been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, to the extent that we have unsold vessels, and our income has tanked by more than 50%.

Given that this is the case, how can anyone justify a reduction in expenditure of just 0.6%? We cannot be the only nation bucking the trend.

Saudi Arabia, a nation with a much stronger production capacity than ours and with a larger global market share, as well as foreign reserves that are 12 times ours, has slashed her budget by almost 30%. Ditto for other oil economies.

Nigeria cannot make up for the loss of expected revenue by taking out more loans and issuing out more bonds. Debt will be the death of our economy and bonds will put our people in bondage.

The best way out of this economic quagmire is to reduce our expenditure. And a 0.6% reduction is no reduction. It is only window dressing.

My counsel to the Federal Government of Nigeria is this: put Nigerians first and cut your coat, not according to your size, but according to your cloth.

Realistically slash the budget. Every pork barrel has to go. The billions budgeted for the travels and feeding of the President and Vice President has to be reduced.

The ₦27 billion budget for the renovation of the National Assembly has to go. The massive budgets to run both the Presidency and the Legislature has to be downsized.

The budget for purchasing luxury cars for the President, his vice, and other political office holders must be jettisoned. Leave the salaries of civil servants alone, but reduce the salaries of political appointees. Sell 8 or 9 of the jets in the Presidential Air Fleet.

Any budget slash that is less than 25% will not be in the interest of Nigeria. And beyond a budget slash, Nigeria needs a budget realignment, to redirect expenditure away from running a massive bureaucracy, into social development sectors like education, infrastructure, and above all, healthcare.

We must invest in the goose that lays the golden egg – the Nigerian people.

These are the types of sacrifices that we need in a time of crisis. We do not need empty gestures that will lead to empty treasuries.

In times of austerity, no nation, not the least a mono-product economy, such as ours, should be living in luxury at a leadership level.

Atiku Abubakar

Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007.

Abuja

14th May 2020

APC Reacts To Atiku’s Suggestions On Economic Diversification

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to suggestions by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar to the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration on the need to diversify Nigeria’s economy.

According to a statement signed on Saturday by the National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party welcomed his opinion and expressed sincere thanks for the suggestions

They, however, said they were surprised that the former Vice President failed to acknowledge the efforts that the administration has made in the last five years towards diversification of the economy and the “many positive gains” it has yielded.

According to the statement, as far back as 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari had launched the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), an intervention policy primarily aimed at giving farmers access to finance.

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Also, the APC noted that part of the efforts of the President Buhari-led administration to boost agriculture is the massive successes recorded in the local production of fertilisers.

The party insisted that the contributions of agriculture to the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) have consistently been on the increase and is being captured by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in the last four years.

Abubakar had, in an article published on April 30, warned against Nigeria’s reliance on oil, saying that the country will never be industrialised by depending on crude oil.

In the post captioned “How to Pull Nigeria from the Brink,” he called on the Nigerian government to look into the agricultural sector as a way of shoring up revenue in the face of dwindling oil fortunes.

But the APC said his claims were perhaps an oversight or a blatant attempt not to admit the “truth” of the administration’s successes.

The party also faulted Atiku’s comments on the issue of the border closure which he described as an “insane” policy.

“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar may wish to know that the policy he has unfortunately chosen to label as “insane” has led to a significant spike in rice production across the country, opening up of hundreds of rice mills, indigenous manufacturing firms are sourcing their raw materials locally, boom in poultry farming, with Nigerians now patronising locally made food items like never before and, in the process, boosting the income of farmers and local producers,” the statement read in part.

It added: “It is heart-warming to know we are coping well as the Coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdowns are testing our country’s capacity to feed itself. We have been able to meet the pandemic induced surge in demand for foods only because the APC administration has been implementing policies targeted at expanding the capacity of our farmers and the other players in the allied industries.

“We ask Atiku Abubakar; where would we have gotten the farm produce for palliatives and feed our people during the lockdown if we had not taken the courageous route of looking inwards while curtailing sabotage from neighbouring economies?

“In the areas of plugging revenue leakages, curbing waste, diversifying and growing the economy, budgeting, borrowings, ease of doing business, support of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), the President Muhammadu Buhari government is matching electoral promises with actions”.

Court Slams N5m Judgement Against Atiku, Saraki, Others

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has awarded the sum of N5 million against the 2019 Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his campaign director, Dr Bukola Saraki, over unauthorized use of the photograph of a Lagos-based trader, Mrs Amuda Adeleke, on their campaign billboard.

Justice Ayokunle Faji, who made the monetary award in a judgment delivered on Monday, said the N5m would be jointly and severally paid by Atiku, Saraki, the PDP and Peter Obi, who was Atiku’s running mate during the election.

In a fundamental rights enforcement suit brought before the court, Adeleke through her lawyer, Kingsley Iheakaram, said the defendants used her photograph on their campaign billboard without seeking her consent.

Adeleke also explained that in December 2018, during the build-up to the 2019 general elections, agents of the Atiku Abubakar Organisation, led by Saraki, came to Oyin Jolayemi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos to campaign and mobilize support for Atiku and his running mate, Obi.

She said Saraki and his team engaged people on the street, including herself.
Adeleke said she saw members of the campaign train taking photographs during the engagement with the crowd and she thought it was merely to preserve the memory of the event.

She was, however, shocked when she began to receive phone calls from those who knew her, calling her attention to her photograph on the PDP campaign billboards in Lagos, Abuja and elsewhere.

“All my friends who saw the campaign billboard said it portrayed me as a woman stricken with poverty who had lost all hope and was prepared to commit suicide,” she said.

The trader said the unauthorised use of her photograph for the PDP presidential campaign caused her embarrassment.

She, therefore, asked the court to award N45m against the defendants for infringing on her fundamental right to privacy as enshrined, in the 1999 Constitution.

Justice Faji gave judgment in her favour and subsequently awarded N5 million only against the defendants.

COVID-19: Atiku Mourns Doctors, Calls For More Protection Of Medical Personnel

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar calls for more protection of medical personnel in the fight against COVID-19. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has mourned two medical doctors who died of coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a tweet on Thursday, the former vice president condoled with the Nigerian Medical Association over the loss of the doctors.

The late medical practitioners were Dr Emeka Chugbo and Dr Aliyu Yakubu whose deaths were announced by the Lagos and Katsina State governments respectively.


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According to Atiku, the death of critical medical personnel in the frontline is an unconscious compromise in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He, therefore, stressed the need to intensify the supply of all necessary items, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure the protection of medical personnel.

 

Dr Chugbo died at the isolation ward of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) after contracting coronavirus from a patient he was said to be managing in a private hospital.

The Chief Medical Director of LUTH, Professor Chris Bode, said the doctor was brought into the facility late on Monday, after showing severe symptoms.

He added that Chugbo once worked with LUTH before going into private practice.

Dr Yakubu, on the other hand, died of coronavirus days before he was confirmed positive in Daura, a town in Katsina State.

The state governor, Governor Aminu Masari, told reporters earlier in April that the doctor was hospitalised at the Nigerian Air Force Reference Hospital for about two hours before he died, following his return from a trip to Lagos.

‘I Was Nervous, Anxious,’ Atiku’s Son Shares Experience Battling COVID-19

A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Inset: Mohammed Abubakar.

 

 

A son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), Mohammed, has shared his experience battling with the virus.

Mohammed, who spoke in a video made at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital where he is being treated, said he was initially nervous and had a high level of anxiety coupled with being the first recorded case in Abuja.

He, however, expressed optimism that he would be discharged soon.

In a video his father shared on Thursday via Twitter, Atiku’s son said, On the 20th of March, I tested positive for COVID-19 and later that night I was brought to the isolation centre at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada. I’ve been here for about twelve days and I hope to be out soon. Perhaps when my next test is taken and the results are favourable, I will be on my way out, hopefully.

I decided to make this video so I can speak about my experience and I hope it will be of value to people out there, Nigerians in particular.

In the first few days when I came here, I was asymptomatic but I was nervous. I had a high level of anxiety and a little bit of trauma, it was a fairly difficult few days especially being the index case in Abuja. I think that was the main challenge.

But day by day, I grew stronger thanks to prayers and support I got from a vast array of Nigerians, many people I don’t even know but of course my family and friends, associate have been supporting.

Mohammed also urged Nigerians to avoid fake news which he said compounds health issues of people, especially those that are vulnerable.

He said, But one thing I will like to speak to Nigerians on my experience is about fake news. Fake news is very bad. It compounds your problems if you are in a vulnerable situation.

Perhaps coming from a politically exposed family, I didn’t really feel that pain as much but for people who are more vulnerable. It could really affect their health and their immune system as well.

So let me urge people out there to be very circumspect with how they treat information. Let them be careful about spreading information that is false. These things aggravate health conditions.

He appreciated the health workers on the frontline and government authorities for doing their best and advised Nigerians to come together to fight coronavirus regardless of their social, religious or political differences.

COVID-19: Buhari Praises Atiku, Dangote, Others For Donations

Aliko Dangote                                        Muhammadu Buhari                                       Atiku Abubakar

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commended the public-spiritedness of some wealthy Nigerians and organisations for standing up to be counted in the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President thanked members of the Nigerian Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19, for their contributions in the sum of billions of naira to curb the spread of the disease in Nigeria.

They include former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Aliko Dangote, Abdulsamad Rabiu of BUA Group, Femi Otedola, Tony Elumelu (United Bank of Africa), Herbert Wigwe (Access Bank), Segun Agbaje (Guaranty Trust Bank) and Jim Ovia (Zenith Bank).

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He noted that UBA donated the sum of N5 billion to Nigeria and Africa, while the former Vice President pledged N50 million.

According to the President, First Bank is partnering with the government, the United Nations, and innovative technology firms to provide e-learning solutions to at least one million children under the ‘Keep Them Engaged, Keep Them Safe’ initiative.

He commended every other helping hand that has been lent by individuals, groups, and organisations, which may not necessarily be in the public domain, praying that God who sees all things would abundantly recompense.

President Buhari, however, recommended the laudable strides to other high net-worth Nigerians and organisations.

He stressed that collectively, Nigeria would overcome the challenges brought by the pandemic, and chart a new course in nationalism and brotherhood.