President Muhammadu Buhari (image courtesy Presidency)

Rotary International President Barry Rassin has conferred President Muhammadu Buhari with the prestigious Polio Champion Award.

The Nigerian leader received this award in recognition of his uncommon commitment and leadership in the polio eradication programme in the most populous country in Africa.

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Rassin, who is on a four-day official visit to Nigeria, presented the award to President Buhari at State House, Abuja, on Thursday.

The Polio Champion Award was instituted by Rotary International in 1995 to recognise and appreciate Heads of Governments and organisations that have played a key role in polio eradication around the world.

The last recipient of the Award was Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada.

Thanking Rotary International for the honour, Buhari commended the organisation for its commitment 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.’’