Nigeria: Buhari takes delivery of Madagascar COVID-19 formula from Embaló

Buhari receiving Embaló on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Abuja

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday met with his Guinea Bissau counterpart, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Disclosing this via his Twitter handle, the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, said, the national leader also received Madagascar’s COVID Organics from Embaló.


“President Muhammadu Buhari has received the Madagascan native formulation against the COVID–19 pandemic and reiterated that he will listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians,” Ahmad tweeted.

He quoted Buhari as saying, “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.”

Earlier before today’s delivery to the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said Buhari had ordered the airlifting of a consignment of Madagascar’s COVID Organics from Guinea Bissau.

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“Madagascar has made allocations to various countries and sent them to Guinea Bissau. We‘re supposed to make arrangements to freight Nigeria’s allocation from Guinea Bissau; it‘ll be subjected to the standard validation process for pharmaceuticals.

“Mr President has given instructions for the airlifting of Nigeria’s allocation of the Madagascar COVID-19 Syrup; also given clear instructions that it must be subjected to the standard validation process for pharmaceuticals; there will be no exceptions for this,” Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mustspha said.

The Madagascar’s organics, made from artemisia annun, a plant with proven anti-malarial properties, and other indigenous herbs, has been said by its makers to be a cure for COVID-19 infection.

It has since been delivered to some African countries who had ordered for the alternative medicine to treat coronavirus patients.