THE Federal Government has disclosed that it will set up a committee to verify scientists’ claims of finding a cure for coronavirus otherwise known as Covid-19 and Lassa fever.
Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this at the Youths summit organised by the Middle Belt Youths Council in Jos the Plateau State Capital north-central Nigeria.
According to Dr. Onu, the Nigerian Academy of Sciences is also fully involved in the work of the Committee on the verification of claims for the cure of the viruses.
He said a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, had insisted that he has the cure for coronavirus and that it has been of interest to the United States of America where it is currently being tested.
“Iwu has a private laboratory in the country. He isolated a compound, which he believes can lead to the cure of coronavirus. And already, the United States of America, through its MIS, entered into an agreement with him and they are testing that compound now in the U.S. He has brought this to our attention.
“Assuming if the Americans find out that it is actually the cure, the world will say America discovered the cure for coronavirus, but the world should know that it started in Nigeria,” he stated.
He further urged Nigerians to strive to surmount any future epidemic challenge and not depend on other nations for solution.
The Minister also implored youths of the Middle-Belt and Nigeria at large, to take advantage of Science and Technology to improve their livelihood and fortunes. He appealed to them to believe that Nigeria can be better and be prepared to contribute their quota to ensure that Nigeria surmount her challenges.