The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID – 19 vaccine.
Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.
He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop the vaccine.
In a Facebook and Twitter messages on Monday , the US mission wrote,“ Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways . Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID – 19 vaccine.”
Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice -Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.
The need for a vaccine has become more urgent globally and nationally with Nigeria recording over 60, 000 COVID – 19 infections and over 1,000 associated fatalities, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. (Punch)
…As US government honours Imam Abubakar with peacemaker award
Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has proffered solution to spiralling violence in the country. This is even as the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria honoured Imam Abdullahi Abubakar who hid 200 villagers during attacks on Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State with Ambassador’s Peacemaker Award for Heroism.
Symington disclosed this during an interfaith dialogue with Imam Abdullahi Abubakar at the premises of the United States Embassy in Abuja.
Symington said: “It will end when all come together and invest in each other and when individuals find the path forward, not just for their own daughters and sons, but for the daughters and sons of every Nigerian.”
Earlier, Ambassador Symington urged mankind to love one another and let the idea of one family take the centre stage.
The United States Ambassador also urged the world to emulate the virtue of kindness to promote global peace.
The envoy added that Imam Abubakar’s act of brotherliness raised hope of a cohesive society in the face of growing mistrust.
“Today, there is only one word that matters and that is perhaps, love. Or perhaps, one more word, family.
“With the lesson of this imam, chief imam, this village head, this deputy imam, and all of those who brought you this story, is a lesson not just for Nigeria, but for all mankind – one family, one race, one love,” Symington stated.
In his earlier remarks, Imam Abubakar said God who created mankind, had a reason for creating mankind in different forms and brought mankind together and gave a command to mankind not to harm one another.
“God has created us as diverse people. Some black, some white, some tall, some short. God has a reason. He is the only One who knows why He created us that way.
“It is unfortunate what happened in my community which led to the demise of some in the community and by Allah’s grace, some have survived to tell the story,” Imam Abubakar said. (The Sun)
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