Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:04 pm
The university teacher who claimed to have discovered cure for HIV and AIDS, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, has petitioned the Senate alleged Federal Government’s negligence.
Ezeibe, a researcher in veterinary medicine at the Michael Okpara University, Umudike, Abia, said that he discovered the cure through his research conducted over several years.
Presenting the petition on Wednesday, Sen. Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia) said that the professor had said that attempts to get Ministry of Health’s cooperation on the discovery failed.
“Medical doctors have been coming to him through the Vice Chancellor to take this drug free of charge to treat their patients.
“They have been coming back to report to him of the potency of the drug; that is to say that the drug is capable of curing people who have AIDS.
“Incidentally the Federal Ministry of Health petitioned the university that the man did not follow the ethical process but refused to say whether the drug is potent or not.
“This professor has made attempt to go to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to make his case known but failed because the ministry blocked him.
Orji said the petition to the senate was to ask it to look into the case to find out whether he had done anything wrong by painstakingly working to help find solution to a dreaded ailment.
In his remarks, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided at plenary, asked Orji to lay the petition before the senate.
It was subsequently referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions with four weeks deadline to report back.