The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) berated President Muhammadu Buhari for discounting the development of homegrown remedies only to seek solution from Madagascar even when the “nation brims with curative resources against ailments such as COVID-19.”
The PDP said, while it has nothing against any genuine effort to secure therapeutics for COVID-19, such solutions as developed by Madagascar abound in Nigeria but had remained untapped because of “the failure of the Buhari administration to heed to wise counsel to look inwards for answers.”
A statement issued on Tuesday by spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted that Nigerians would recall that the PDP had been urging President Buhari to acknowledge the country’s indigenous potentials and mobilize homegrown solutions, given Nigeria’s abundant curative flora, globally recognized healing traditions as well as experienced researchers and experts in various institutions across the country, but to no avail.
“Instead, the Buhari Presidency and its inept Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 sat on our national potentials to wait for foreign solutions, while other African leaders are busy looking inwards for remedies,” the statement reads briefly.
“It is indeed despicable and shameful that instead of leading other African countries for solutions, as the Giant of Africa, President Buhari’s incompetent, lethargic, indolent and aimless administration is going to Madagascar to purchase remedies that abound in our country.
“The Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration had continued to snub entreaties by Nigerians to mobilize our abounding indigenous manufacturers and researchers for production of therapeutics, including ventilators, kits and medicines just like Madagascar and Senegal.
“If the leaders of Madagascar did not lead from the front and looked inwards to produce the CovidOrganics, would President Buhari be running to them for solution?”
According to the statement, the party called on the Buhari administration to end its unnecessary political parochialism and mobilize the nation’s indigenous researchers for homegrown solution in the interest of the nation.
Furthermore, the statement said, the PDP believes in the nation’s national potentials in all spheres of life including therapeutics and calls on researchers in Nigeria, not to allow such to waste.
It urged Nigerians to intensify their efforts towards personal health protection as well as observing the health safety directions of social distancing, personal hygiene and other restrictions by health authorities, as Nigeria collectively check the spread of COVID-19 in the country.