The federal government on Thursday, May 14, said the Madagascan COVID-19 herbal medicine is not on its priority for now.
The government also disclosed that it never at any time asked Madagascar to supply its Covid-19 herbal medicine to Nigeria, The Tribune reports.
FG says it is making arraignment to get the consignment sent by Madagascar. Photo credits: Federal ministry of culture
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.
Vanguard newspaper reports that the SGF denied claims that the federal government had abandoned homegrown COVID-19 solutions for the Madagascan herbal remedy.
He explained that the Madagascan government airlifted quantities of its herbal solution meant for West African countries to Guinea-Bissau.
He said Nigeria was making arraignment to get its consignment sent by Madagascar from Guinea-Bissau.
“It’s not our priority now, it’s not our focus, there are other things that we are dealing with to make sure that we contain the spread in our nation,” Mustapha stated.