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Sir Emeka Offor, Nigerian Billionaire, To Donate $1 Million To End Polio

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In this Sunday, May 27, 2012 photo, Afghan polio patients Samiulah, 15, left, and Musa, 15, wait to have their prostheses checked at the ICRC physical rehabilitation center in Kabul, Afghanistan. In February 2012, the world was cheered to learn that India had gone a full year with no new cases of polio - a landmark that left only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria on the World Health Organization's list of countries where the disease is endemic. But the battle is far from over, judging by the WHO | AP

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Billionaire Sir Emeka Offor is donating $1.25 million to the Rotary Club's PolioPlus program to eradicate the paralyzing disease that attacks more people in his country, Nigeria, than any other in the world.

In a statement received Wednesday the oil and gas tycoon says "polio should have no place in our world."

Nigeria is the sticking point for efforts to rid the world of polio because of opposition from northern Muslim leaders who falsely preach that the vaccinations cause sterility and AIDS. The project also is opposed by Islamic extremists blamed for the killings of nine women health workers as they were vaccinating children against polio in northern Kano city in February.

Offor said the number of documented cases in Nigeria rose from 62 in 2011 to 122 last year

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