The COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers in Nigeria have been honoured today, as The 45th anniversary of the late Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed has been dedicated to them.
This was revealed by The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF), in a statement on Saturday, noting that it is using the avenue of the 45th anniversary to celebrate these model citizens at the forefront of stemming the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer, MMF, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, said: “Through these frontline healthcare workers, we are reminded of the ones who shared humanity as Nigerians.
“In the words of Woodrow Wilson ‘There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed’ and it is against the backdrop of this reflection that we dedicate the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the fourth Nigerian Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, in celebrating COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers in Nigeria.
“On February 13, 1976, General Murtala Muhammed paid the highest service to the country with his life and as we honour the memory of his short life with towering impact, we are reminded that not many of us will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.
“It is from this numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped and in this gentle way, we all can shake the world.”
She said, “Today as we remember General Murtala Muhammed, not as a Nigerian without flaws but as one who exemplified clarity of purpose, service to humanity, and courage in a storm, we in the same regard acknowledge the living outliers among us.
In the words of the General, “That we not be afraid of our fears, as they are not there to scare us, but to let us know that something is with it.”
In the same vein, Oyebode-Muhammed disclosed that the Foundation has commissioned “a medical compendium to extend medical vocabularies to reach the most marginalised communities in Nigeria in their local language through the Med Assist (COVID Partner line) telemedicine initiative of the Foundation.
“Through your every act of courage and service to country, the spirit of General Murtala Muhammed lives on. We celebrate you!,” the Foundation CEO told the workers.”