Madagascar has demanded payment for coronavirus drug sent to Nigeria

The country is said to be demanding 170,000 euros

Nigeria, however, might be forced to pay them because the AU has directed Madagascar to supply the drug to African countries

Nigeria has been asked to pay 170,000 euros (N78, 200,000) for the coronavirus drug sent to the country. This demand was made by the Republic of Madagascar.

According to a source, Madagascar has made it clear that the drug is not given to Nigeria for free.

However, the source said Nigeria might have to pay them because the African Union (AU) has directed that the drug be supplied to African countries, The Nation reports.

“For our consignments in Guinea Bissau, Madagascar has asked Nigeria to pay over €170,000 (N78, 200,000). We have received the invoice because the African country has made us to realise that the drug are not being given out free.

“We are being asked to pay for the drug yet to be validated. Since the AU directed the supply of the drug to African countries, we may have no choice than to pay for it.

“This payment may, however, be one-off because mass importation of the drug from Madagascar will not be cost effective. By the time we take into account the cost of freight, the amount will be too high.

“This is why we are looking at local options available to us as a nation,” the source was quoted to have said.

Recall that had reported that Nigeria’s leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, has received the much-talked-about herbal drug.

The presidency confirmed this on Saturday, May 16 in a tweet by a special assistant to the Nigerian president on social media, Bashir Ahmad.

According to Ahmad, President Buhari will not allow anything that will hurt Nigerians as a result, he would suggest the drug to proper scientifically tests before approving its use.

The same, the Nigerian leader said, goes for every other drug whether herbal or orthodox.

According to Ahmad, President Buhari said the necessary institutions must carry out their various tests on the drug.


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