I will listen to science first, president Buhari tells President Embalo of Guinea Bissau
President Muhammadu Buhari has on Saturday received the Madagascar’s herbal tonic, COVID-Organics (CVO), against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
President Buhari reaffirmed his administration’s decision to listen to science before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.
Speaking at the State House in Abuja during an audience meeting with President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, who brought along with him the samples of the traditional medicine as shared to African nations by Madagascan President, Andry Rajoelina, Buhari said his position on all such herbal mixture or traditional medicinal formulation had remained the same.
The president 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. I will listen to science above any other considerations,”
Meanwhile, President Embalo said having stabilized his country after the attendant hiccups that characterized his victory at the recent general elections, he explained that he had come to seek counsel from Buhari whom he described as his “father” on his plan for a “government of national unity” and a proposed war against corruption in his country.
Embalo added that, “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,” the visiting leader told Buhari.
In responds to president Embelo’ demands and emergence as the president “I commend your political dexterity in getting the opposition to join the proposed unity government,” Buhari told Embalo.
“I will cooperate and help in every way possible,” assured Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
He 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 (ECOWAS) is doing in the sub-region.