PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians as the search for a cure for COVID-19 continues.
In Abuja Saturday, when he received the native formulation from Madagascar against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Buhari was quoted as having said that his position on all such herbal or traditional medicinal postulates had remained the same.
In a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the president stated: “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.’’
The presidential aide revealed that Buhari spoke during a meeting with the visiting President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, who brought the samples of the traditional medicine as shared to African nations by Madagascar.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Embalo said his visit was 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 having stabilised Guinea Bissau after winning recent election.
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.
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.’’
Buhari commended Embalo on his confirmation as President and for stabilizing the country, saying, “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 and promised to “cooperate and help in every way possible.”
President Buhari also commended the President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou, who is the present Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), for what he was doing in the sub-region.