By Usman Shiabu
The President of the National Association of Nigeria Traditional Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP), Alhaji Shaba Maikudi, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his stay-at –home order to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Maikudi, gave the commendation while speaking with newsmen after a caucus meeting with the Board of Trustees as well as the National Executive members of the association in Abuja.
He said the management of the association was satisfied with the way the presidents had been handling the problem of COVID-19 in the country, pointing out that the leadership of the association would continue to support Buhari’s administration.
His words: “The president will get the association’s backing because we are calling on the Federal Government to partner with NANTMP nationwide. We have equally upgraded our Traditional Medicine Centres for Diseases Control (TMCDC) nationwide and we have also set-up a high-power researched delegation made up of highly experienced traditional medicine practitioners with over forty years of the traditional medicine practice to carry out a well co-ordinated research for the cure and eradication of coronavirus in Nigeria”.
He congratulated the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for what he had been doing so far about the regular information on the deadly disease in the country, saying the people of Nigeria needed a lot of enlightenments concerning the COVID-19
“We are facing a mysterious enemy of COVID-19. We need to observe social distance. It is a new culture that we have to abide by. We must respect the FG’S directive especially as the worker, students, and market women were told to stay at home”, Maikudi said.
He further said: “We must obey the Federal Government. We thank the religious leaders who have been informing their followers to follow the Federal Government’s directive including Muslims and Christians alike”.
Speaking in the same vein, the Secretary- General of NANTMP , Alhaji A. Kamal-deen, expressed with dismay the manner at which the coronavirus has succeeded in bringing down the economies of the entire world including Nigeria.
Kamaldeen said: “We have neglected our ancestral ways of carrying out researches and prayers in solving problems of strange coronavirus such as this, as it was obtainable in the past”.
This, he said: “ There is no sickness that has no cure and solution. We must go back and embrace our traditional medicine practice as it is done in china, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Niger and other developed countries.”