- Nigeria's President Buhari is now in possession of the Madagascan herbal drug
- The East African country claims the drug is a herbal remedy that can cure coronavirus
- But the World Health Organisation warns against its use because it has not undergone critical tests
Nigeria's leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, has received the much-talked-about herbal drug, Legit.ng can report.
The presidency confirmed this on Saturday, May 16 in a tweet by a special assistant to the Nigerian president on social media, Bashir Ahmad.
According to Ahmad, President Buhari will not allow anything that will hurt Nigerians as a result, he would suggest the drug to proper scientifically tests before approving its use.
The same, the Nigerian leader said, goes for every other drug whether herbal or orthodox.
According to Ahmad, President Buhari said the necessary institutions must carry out their various tests on the drug.
Another presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, explained that the drug was delivered to President Buhari by his Guinea Bissau counterpart during a state visit on Saturday.
Legit.ng reported that the federal government, on Thursday, May 14, said the Madagascan COVID-19 herbal medicine was not on its priority list.
The government also said Nigeria never at any time asked Madagascar to supply its Covid-19 herbal medicine.
The chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who made the statement during a briefing in Abuja, noted that it was the East African country that donated the herbal medicine to Nigeria on its own accord.
According to Mustapha, Nigeria agreed to take delivery of its share because it did not want to reject a favour by a fellow African country.
“The issue of Madagascar. Let me explain that Nigeria did not ask Madagascar for any solution. That has to be very clear because I have seen some narratives out there giving credence to a line of story that, for me, I think is only distractive. Nigeria did not ask,” he said.
Legit.ng notes that there have been several reactions to the Madagascan drug in Nigeria and across the world.
A popular critic of the Buhari government, Shehu Sani, recently advised the Nigerian government to do exactly what President Buhari said he would do on Saturday - test, confirm the efficacy and approve for use.
The World Health Organization warns against the use of the drug because it has not passed through proper tests before Madagascar put it into use and shipped it out.
Legit.ng had reported that Madagascar sent its herbal drug claimed to cure coronavirus to 15 African countries.
Reports later emerged that Madagascar also sent its COVID-19 herbal remedy to Nigeria.
The herbal medicine known as COVID Organics (COV) is reported to be effective against COVID-19.
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