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Boss Mutapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says prayers have played “active role” in Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the house of representatives on Tuesday, Mustapha, who heads the presidential task force on COVID-19, said Nigeria “would have crumbled” if not for prayers.
The SGF was at the green chamber alongside other members of the PTF to brief the lawmakers on efforts being made to respond to the health crisis.
He said while the country has continued to improve in management of the pandemic, “prayers have successfully helped Nigeria to be where we are now.”
“Prayer has played an active role in sustaining us as a people and as a country. I believe that the place of prayer is significance and I mentioned that when I said we will consult with traditional and religious leaders,” he said.
“I believe that prayer helps and even during this very holy month of Ramadan, people are praying; praying to God for His mercies, his grace to sustain and protect the people of this country and world over.
“Given the directions and given the projections and modelling, we ought to have crumbled by now. But I can assure you that the place of prayer has played an active role and active part in sustaining us as a people and as a country.”
So far, Nigeria has recorded 2,802 cases of COVID-19, out of which 417 have recovered and 93 have died.
Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), says Nigeria may ask Madagascar to send a plane load of “herbal solutions” to treat COVID-19.
Madagascar President Andry Rajolina had a week ago launched a herbal medicine believed to cure the novel coronavirus.
Branded COVID-organics, the medicine which contains artemisa, a plant used in treating malaria, was developed by the the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research.
At a briefing on Tuesday, Mustapha who is the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, spoke on the response of Madagascar to COVID-19.
“I want to assure you that whatever is happening in the world, we are mindful of it and we are keeping tab,” he said.
“I was reading of the experiences in Madagascar– of why everybody is drinking some solutions that have been prepared. This morning I was sharing with my wife, and I told her that probably I would request that Mr President to allow us import a plane load for a trial.
“Because, we are all navigating an unchartered cause. Nobody has ever been on this road. So, every attempt to find solution that would bring succour to our people, be rest assure that this task force is very responsible and we would do everything to ensure that we get what will benefit our people, what will help them in the processes that we find ourselves today.”
Although, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has continually warned that there is no cure yet for the virus, some vaccines have been used in clinical trials.
Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo who recovered from COVID-19 had said he used a mixture of local solutions to boost his system.