The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, received on behalf of his country, Madagascar’s self acclaimed Coronavirus cure called COVID Organics on behalf on his country.
The President took hold of the cure from Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embaló who visited him at the State House in Abuja.
According to new developments reported by the “The Nation Nigeria” Newspaper, the federal government of Nigeria is being asked by Madagascar to pay an amount of 170,000 Euros for its portion of the herbal medicine.
A source who disclosed this exclusively to the news paper said:
“For our consignments in Guinea Bissau, Madagascar has asked Nigeria to pay over €170,000 (N78, 200,000). We have received the invoice because the African country has made us to realise that the drugs are not being given out free.
“We are being asked to pay for the drugs yet to be validated. Since the AU directed the supply of the drugs to African countries, we may have no choice than to pay for it.
“This payment may, however, be one-off because mass importation of the drugs from Madagascar will not be cost effective. By the time we take into account the cost of freight, the amount will be too high.
“This is why we are looking at local options available to us as a nation.
“Some researchers have told us that we have richer herbs to contain COVID-19. In fact, a shop in Wuse 2, Abuja has been discovered to be selling Artemisia Tea with high potency than COV drugs.
“As a nation, we will leave all options open and look inwards. But, we will subject Madagascar herbal drugs to verification or validation.
“The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 is also thinking of asking the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) to relax the protocols and hasten the validation of local drugs for COVID-19.:
Meanwhile, Nigerian institutions are still working on a validating the herbal portion before it’s use.