Buhari Gets Madagascar’s COVID-19 Drug

May 16, 2020
Buhari Madagascar COVID-19 Drug

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Samples of the herbal medicine used by Madagascar to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have arrived Nigeria and are now with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Buhari received the Madagascan native formulation called COVID-Organics on Saturday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The drug was given to the President at the State House by President of Guinea Bissau, Mr Umaro Sissoco Embalo. He brought the traditional medicine to Nigeria as part of the ones shared to African nations by Madagascar.

While receiving the samples, President Buhari said his position on all such herbal or traditional medicinal postulates remains the same, emphasising that he will listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.

“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,” Mr Buhari said.

On the main reason for his visit, President Embalo said having stabilized his country after the tussles that attended the general elections won by him, he had come to seek counsel from his “father,” President Buhari on his plan for a “government of national unity” and a proposed war against corruption in his country.

He also said that his new government met a country beset with a number of issues and problems, the resolution of which would require tremendous assistance from the “big brother,” Nigeria.

“Problems of Guinea Bissau are problems of Nigeria. I have come to you as your son. I need your help and assistance to make the people happy. I will not let you down, neither will I put you in any difficult situation,” the visiting leader told President Buhari.

In response to these demands, the Nigerian leader commended Mr Embalo on his confirmation as President and for stabilizing the country. “I commend your political dexterity in getting the opposition to join the proposed unity government,” he said.

President Buhari restated the determination of Nigeria to keep West Africa politically stable and promised to support the new government in Guinea Bissau. “I will cooperate and help in every way possible,” assured the Nigerian President.

President Buhari also used the opportunity of the visit to praise the good work that the President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou, who is the current Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is doing in the sub-region, and commended him for keeping him informed of all that is happening around.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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