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Buhari receives Madagascar’s COVID-19 drug

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday at the State House, Abuja received the Madagascan native formulation for treating the Coronavirus Disease.

This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday by the Senior Special Adviser to the President, Malam Garba Shehu.

After receiving the drug from President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, Buhari reiterated that he will listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.

At an audience meeting with President Embalo, who brought along with him the samples of the traditional medicine as shared to African nations by Madagascar, President Buhari said his position on all such herbal or traditional medicinal postulates had remained the same.

He said: “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.”

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

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

He said: “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.”

In response to these demands, the Nigerian leader commended “General” Embalo on his confirmation as President and for stabilising the country.

He said: “I commend your political dexterity in getting the opposition to join the proposed unity government.”

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.

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, is doing in the sub-region.

He commended Issoufou for keeping him informed of all that is happening around.