Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, dismissed speculations that Nigeria might have asked Madagascar for supply of its COVID-19 organic, instead of promoting local researchers for a cure.
He said: “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 the story.
“That, for me, is only distractive. Nigeria did not ask. The Madagascan government decided to airlift quantities meant for African countries and so that of West Africa was airlifted to Guinea-Bissau. So, all the members of ECOWAS have their commodities off-loaded in Guinea-Bissau and that was the one I referred to, that we were making arrangements to evacuate.
“But the impression out there was as if we abandoned homegrown solutions and we’re looking for Madagascan solution. We did not ask for it, but it was taken in the spirit of brotherly love, or African brotherly love.
“We have asked our ambassador there to establish the location, the quantity, etc. He has done that. We have to make an arrangement for its freighting out of Guinea-Bissau. There are no flights, so there are so many things we have to consider.
So far, Nigeria, Tanzania, Comoros, Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Chad, Equatorial Guinea receive have received the herbal cure.
The Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (Imra) tested it on two individuals who were cured according to president Rajoelina.
He further stated that this herbal tea gives results in seven days.
It is said but not yet confirmed that the Madagascan government charged Nigeria 78, 200,000 naira for the herbal cure.
Madagascar as on Wednesday 6 May, had 158 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 99 people have recovered from the sickness in which the country has not recorded any death, according to John Hopkins University.
Has Africa truly discovered the cure to the Pandemic that originated in Asia or we are about to be made a laughing stock again? Time will tell.