The Nigerian presidency has debunked the news which went viral that the Madagascan government asked Nigeria to pay €170,000 (N71Million) for the consignment delivered by Guinea Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo.
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Recall that Embalo visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Saturday, brought the drugs allocated to Nigeria.
Although the cure was alleged to be effective in preventing and curing the infectious disease, there is no evidence yet from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
However, Lauretta Onochia, Buhari’s aide on social media in a singular tweet with a video replied to the news.
She wrote: “FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID NOT RECEIVE ANY BILL FROM MADAGASCAR. We insist that the COVID-ORGANIC CVO from Madagascar was a brotherly gift from one nation to some African “countries.”
Earlier before now, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday has said that the Nigerian government did not request for COVID-Organics, a herbal medicine used by Madagascar to treat COVID-19 patients.
Mr Mustapha said the medicine was offered as a general gesture of ‘brotherly love’ from the Malagasy government to all African countries.