Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has donated half a million US Dollars ($.5m) donation to the Rotary Club District 9110 Nigeria to fight the polio epidemic.
Atiku Abubakar: supports Rotary Campaign against polio
The donation was announced at the well-attended "Dinner and Dance Ball" of the club held at the Muson Hall, Marina, Lagos on Saturday.
Atiku, who had made an earlier a donation of a quarter of a million US Dollars($250,000) to the Rotary Foundation in the previous year, thereby becoming the highest individual Nigerian donor to the causes of the philanthropic club upped his act on Saturday night when he announced a further donation of 250,000 US Dollars.
In making the donation, Atiku called on his Muslim brothers in Northern Nigeria to embrace the on-going immunisation against the deadly disease, arguing that the religion of Islam was being misrepresented by those opposing vaccination against Polio.
"I hope my brothers and sisters will receive vaccination for their children and understand that it has nothing to do with religion," Atiku said.
For this huge donation, Atiku received praises and prayers from Engr. Joshua Hassan, the Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator for Africa, former Secretary (Minister) of Health, Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi and the District 9110 Governor, Dr. Kamoru Omotosho.
In his response an elated Dr. Omotosho called on wealthy Nigerians to emulate the gesture of Atiku by contributing to causes that will benefit the less privileged in our society.