President Muhammadu Buhari has received Madagascar’s herbal cure for coronavirus.
Receiving a sample of the solution from the President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, Buhari vowed he would not allow the solution or any other drug be administered on Nigerians without scientific instructions.
It would be recalled that the President of Madagascar, Andry Ranoelina, had dispatched consignments of the potential cure for COVID-19 to all African countries, some of which were sent to Guinea Bissau for West African countries.
There had been concerns about the potency and appropriateness of the drug by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the last few days while interests within Nigerians had been questioning why the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 would be promoting interest in a foreign solution at the expense of developing any of the ones local scientists and researchers had put forward.
However, while receiving the samples of the Madagascar solution from the President of Guinea Bissau on Saturday, President Buhari said his position on all non-conventional medicines, including the one from Madagascar had been that they must all go through standard validation procedures.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the Madagascar solution would have to go through validation process.
“We have our institutions, systems and processes in the country. Any such formulations should be sent to them for verification. I will not put it to use without the endorsement of our institutions,” Buhari was quoted to have said.