National leader of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has donated over half a million dollars to the coronavirus combat in the country. Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor on Sunday pledged the sum of 200 million naira (about $522,000).
He noted that the amount was to be split between the Lagos state government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). He also outlined economic measures he believed government needed to undertake to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
March 29 is Tinubu’s birthday which has come to be associated with the Bola Tinubu colloquium, an annual event to celebrate the day. The current pandemic meant that it could not hold. “Today, but for COVID-19 we would, as we have done for the last twelve years, have celebrated this day with the Bola Tinubu Colloquium.
This year we could not but by God’s grace we will do so again,” he said in a tweet before announcing his pledge.. It has usually been attended by top government officials including the President, vice president, state governors and captains of industry from across the country.