The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for discounting the development of homegrown remedies only to seek solution from Madagascar even when our nation brims with curative resources against ailments such as COVID-19.
The main opposition party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said they had nothing against any genuine effort to secure therapeutics for COVID-19, but such solutions as developed by Madagascar were many in Nigeria and remained untapped because of the failure of the Buhari administration to heed to wise counsel to look inwards for answers.
The party recalled that they had been urging President Buhari to acknowledge indigenous potentials and mobilize homegrown solutions, given the abundant curative flora, globally recognized healing traditions as well as experienced researchers and experts in various institutions across the country, but to no avail.
They alleged that the Buhari Presidency and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 sat on the national potentialities to wait for foreign solutions, while other African leaders were busy looking inwards for remedies.
The party further stated that it was 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 was going to Madagascar to purchase remedies that abound in our country.
The PDP also stated that 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.
They said if the leaders of Madagascar did not lead from the front and look inwards to produce the CovidOrganics, would President Buhari be running to them for solution?
The party called on the Buhari administration to end its unnecessary political parochialism and mobilize indigenous researchers for homegrown solution in the national interest.
The party said it believed in the national potentialities in all spheres of life including therapeutics and called on researchers not to allow such to waste.
The PDP 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 “we collectively check the spread of COVID-19 in our country.”